SOURCE: Great American Group, Inc.

Great American Group, Inc.

March 31, 2011 16:00 ET

Great American Group®* Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2010 Financial Results

WOODLAND HILLS, CA--(Marketwire - March 31, 2011) - Great American Group, Inc. (OTCBB: GAMR) ("Great American Group" or the "Company"), a leading provider of asset disposition, valuation and appraisal services, today announced financial results for its fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2010.

Fourth Quarter Results

For the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2010, the Company reported total revenues of $11.0 million, compared to revenues of $11.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2009. Revenues from services and fees were $10.6 million, compared to $10.0 million in the same period the prior year. Revenues from sales of goods were $0.4 million, compared to $1.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2009. The decline in total revenues during the quarter was primarily due to the decrease in revenues from the sale of goods in the Company's auction and liquidation segment, offset by a modest increase in revenues from services and fees.

"Relative to the first half of 2010, we saw an improvement in the business in the second half of the year. The cost reduction initiatives that we employed at the end of the third quarter had a financial benefit to us in the fourth quarter," said Andrew Gumaer, Chief Executive Officer of Great American Group. "During the fourth quarter of 2010, adjusted EBITDA was essentially breakeven. This compares favorably to adjusted EBITDA of $(7.8) million for the first three quarters of 2010. Going forward, we continue to build upon our newer initiatives such as GA Keen Realty Advisors, GA Capital and GA Europe and expect these businesses to complement our core businesses in the near future."

Direct costs of services were $4.5 million, compared to $5.0 million a year ago. The decrease in direct costs of services was primarily the result of a decrease in the number of fee and commission engagements in the fourth quarter of 2010, where the Company contractually bills fees, commissions and reimbursable expenses in the auction and liquidation segment as compared to the same period in 2009. Cost of goods sold was $0.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to $3.1 million in the fourth quarter of the prior year, primarily as a result of fewer auction engagements where the company sells assets.

Selling, general and administrative expenses were $6.8 million, or $2.9 million less than the $9.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2009. The decrease in selling, general and administrative expenses was primarily attributed to reduced employee headcount, a $1.0 million decrease in share based compensation and cost savings from the cost reduction initiatives implemented at the end of the third quarter of 2010.

Operating loss for the fourth quarter of 2010 was $0.8 million, compared to an operating loss of $6.3 million during the fourth quarter of 2009.

Interest expense during the fourth quarter of 2010 declined to $1.0 million from $2.0 million in the same period a year ago, primarily as a result of a decrease in interest expense due to the interest rate reduction from 12.0% to 3.75% on $52.4 million of the $55.6 million of notes payable to the former Great American Members and certain Phantom Equityholders that was effective February 1, 2010.

Loss from operations before a benefit for income taxes was $2.1 million during the fourth quarter of 2010, a decrease of $6.5 million compared to a loss from operations of $8.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2009.

During the fourth quarter of 2010, the Company recorded a benefit for income taxes of $0.1 million, compared to a benefit for income taxes of $4.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2009. Overall, in the fourth quarter of 2010, the Company generated a net loss of $1.9 million, or $(0.07) per diluted share, compared with a net loss of $4.5 million, or $(0.16) per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2009.

Full Year Results

For 2010, the Company generated total revenues of $42.1 million, compared to $83.4 million for 2009. Revenues from services and fees were $37.0 million, compared to $70.8 million the prior year. Sales of goods totaled $5.1 million, compared to $12.6 million in 2009. The decrease in revenues was primarily due to a $40.6 million decrease in revenues in the auction and liquidation segment in 2010 as compared to the same period in 2009. Revenues in the auction and liquidation segment during 2010 were negatively impacted by fewer liquidation engagements during the year as economic conditions for retailers and credit markets improved from the prior year.

Total operating expenses were $53.5 million in 2010, compared to $65.9 million in 2009. Operating loss was $11.4 million for 2010, compared to operating income of $17.5 million the prior year. Loss from operations before a benefit for income taxes was $16.1 million for 2010, compared to income from operations of $5.4 million during 2009. The Company recorded a benefit for income taxes of $5.1 million for 2010, compared with $11.7 million for 2009. For 2010, net loss was $11.0 million, or $(0.39) per diluted share, compared with net income of $17.0 million in 2009, or $0.91 per diluted share.

Financial Position

At December 31, 2010, the Company had $20.1 million in cash and cash equivalents. Working capital was $23.5 million at December 31, 2010. During 2010, the Company used $6.1 million in cash from operations.

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call at 4:30 p.m. EDT on Thursday, March 31, 2011, to discuss results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2010. To listen to the event in listen-only mode by telephone, please dial (877) 941-4774 10 minutes prior to the start time (to allow time for registration) and use conference ID #4421558. International callers should dial (480) 629-9760. A digital replay will be available beginning March 31, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. EDT, through April 7, 2011, at 11:59 p.m. EDT. To access the replay, dial (877) 870-5176 (U.S.), and use passcode 4421558. International callers should dial (858) 384-5517 and enter the same passcode. The call will also be broadcast over the Internet and can be accessed on the Investor Relations section of the Company's Web site at www.greatamerican.com. To listen to the webcast, please visit the site at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the call in order to register, download and install any necessary audio software. A replay of the call will also be available for 90 days on the Web site.

About Great American Group, Inc.

Great American Group, Inc. is a leading provider of asset disposition solutions and valuation and appraisal services to a wide range of retail, wholesale and industrial clients, as well as lenders, capital providers, private equity investors and professional service firms. Great American Group has offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, London, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. For more information, please visit www.greatamerican.com.

*Great American Group and the Eagle Design are trademarks registered in the US Patent and Trademark Office and are exclusive property of Great American Group, Inc.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain forward-looking statements by Great American Group that are not based on historical fact, including, without limitation, statements containing the words "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "plans," "believes," "seeks," "estimates" and similar expressions and statements. Because these forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, there are important factors that could cause actual results, events or developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Such factors include those risks described from time to time in Great American Group's filings with the SEC, including, without limitation, the risks described in Great American Group's proxy statement/prospectus dated July 17, 2009 and filed with the SEC on July 20, 2009, and its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009. These factors should be considered carefully and readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. All information is current as of the date this press release is issued, and Great American Group undertakes no duty to update this information.

Note Regarding Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Certain of the information set forth herein, including Adjusted EBITDA, may be considered non-GAAP financial measures. Great American Group believes this information is useful to investors because it provides a basis for measuring Great American Group's performance against the contingent share earnout provisions in the AAMAC transaction. In addition, Great American Group's management uses these non-GAAP financial measures along with the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures in evaluating Great American Group's operating performance, capital resources and cash flow. Non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered in isolation from, or as a substitute for, financial information presented in compliance with GAAP, and non-financial measures as reported by Great American Group may not be comparable to similarly titled amounts reported by other companies.

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                GREAT AMERICAN GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
                        CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                 (Dollars in thousands, except par value)


                                                  December 31, December 31,
                                                      2010         2009
                                                  -----------  -----------

                      Assets
Current assets:
  Cash and cash equivalents                       $    20,080  $    37,989
  Restricted cash                                          --          459
  Accounts receivable, net                              3,087        2,628
  Advances against customer contracts                   3,063           58
  Income taxes receivable                                  --        1,100
  Goods held for sale or auction                       13,504       15,014
  Note receivable - related parties                     5,930           --
  Deferred income taxes                                 5,463        8,475
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets             1,353          981
                                                  -----------  -----------
      Total current assets                             52,480       66,704
Property and equipment, net                             1,369        1,411
Goodwill                                                5,688        5,688
Other intangible assets, net                              221          382
Deferred income taxes                                  11,372        3,238
Other assets                                            1,144        1,250
                                                  -----------  -----------
      Total assets                                $    72,274  $    78,673
                                                  ===========  ===========
  Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity (Deficit)
Current liabilities:
  Accounts payable and accrued liabilities        $    10,631    $   9,192
  Auction and liquidation proceeds payable              1,712          446
  Mandatorily redeemable noncontrolling interests       2,858        2,619
  Current portion of long-term debt                     1,724       11,123
  Note payable                                         12,014       11,705
  Current portion of capital lease obligation              27           25
                                                  -----------  -----------
      Total current liabilities                        28,966       35,110
Capital lease obligation, net of current portion           42           69
Long-term debt, net of current portion                 52,169       44,494
                                                  -----------  -----------
      Total liabilities                                81,177       79,673
                                                  -----------  -----------
Commitments and contingencies
Stockholders' equity (deficit):
  Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value; 10,000,000
   shares authorized; none issued                          --           --
  Common stock, $0.0001 par value; 135,000,000
   shares authorized; 30,559,036 and 30,022,478
   issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2010
   and 2009, respectively                                   4            3
  Additional paid-in capital                            2,878         (249)
  Retained earnings (deficit)                         (11,792)        (754)
  Accumulated other comprehensive income                    7           --
                                                  -----------  -----------
      Total stockholders' equity (deficit)             (8,903)      (1,000)
                                                  -----------  -----------
      Total liabilities and stockholders' equity
       (deficit)                                  $    72,274  $    78,673
                                                  ===========  ===========






                GREAT AMERICAN GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES              
                  CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
                          (Dollars in thousands)


                              Three Months Ended          Year Ended
                                 December 31,            December 31,
                            ----------------------  ----------------------
                               2010        2009        2010        2009
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
Revenues:
  Services and fees         $   10,618    $ 10,043    $ 37,026    $ 70,810
  Sale of goods                    387       1,414       5,119      12,611
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
    Total revenues              11,005      11,457      42,145      83,421
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
Operating expenses:
  Direct cost of services        4,479       4,951      15,417      17,491
  Cost of goods sold               576       3,116       6,674      12,669
  Selling, general and
   administrative                6,796       9,659      31,413      35,743
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
    Total operating expenses    11,851      17,726      53,504      65,903
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
    Operating income (loss)       (846)     (6,269)    (11,359)     17,518
Other income (expense):
  Interest income                  188          12         522          32
  Other income                      --         (35)         --          18
  Loss from equity
   investment in Great
   American Real Estate, LLC      (372)       (228)     (1,640)       (861)
  Interest expense              (1,027)     (2,001)     (3,667)    (11,273)
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
    Income (loss) from
     continuing operations
     before benefit for
     income taxes               (2,057)     (8,521)    (16,144)      5,434
Benefit for income taxes           151       4,054       5,106      11,664
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
    Income (loss) from
     continuing operations      (1,906)     (4,467)    (11,038)     17,098
Loss from discontinued
 operations, net of tax             --         (75)        --         (142)
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
    Net income (loss)       $   (1,906) $   (4,542) $  (11,038) $   16,956
                            ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========
Basic earnings (loss) per
 share, continuing
 operations                 $    (0.07) $    (0.16) $    (0.39) $     0.96
Basic earnings (loss) per
 share, discontinued
 operations                       0.00       (0.00)       0.00       (0.01)
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
Basic earnings (loss) per
 share                      $    (0.07) $    (0.16) $    (0.39) $     0.95
                            ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========
Diluted earnings (loss) per
 share, continuing
 operations                 $    (0.07) $    (0.16) $    (0.39) $     0.92
Diluted loss per share,
 discontinued operations          0.00       (0.00)       0.00       (0.01)
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
Diluted earnings (loss) per
 share                      $    (0.07) $    (0.16) $    (0.39) $     0.91
                            ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========
Weighted average basic
 shares outstanding         28,239,036  27,702,478  28,075,758  17,786,686
Weighted average diluted
 shares outstanding         28,239,036  27,702,478  28,075,758  18,664,049

PRO FORMA COMPUTATION
 RELATED TO CONVERSION TO
 C CORPORATION FOR INCOME
 TAX PURPOSES (unaudited):
Historical income (loss)
 from continuing operations
 before income taxes                    $   (8,521)             $    5,434
Pro forma benefit (provision)
 for income taxes                            3,357                  (2,141)
                                        ----------              ----------
Pro forma income (loss)
 from continuing operations                 (5,164)                  3,293
Pro forma loss from
 discontinued operations,
 net of tax                                    (75)                   (116)
                                        ----------              ----------
    Pro forma net income
     (loss)                             $   (5,239)             $    3,177
                                        ==========              ==========
Pro forma basic earnings
 (loss) per share,
 continuing operations                  $    (0.19)             $     0.19
Pro forma basic loss per
 share, discontinued
 operations                                  (0.00)                  (0.01)
                                        ----------              ----------
Pro forma basic earnings
 (loss) per share                       $    (0.19)             $     0.18
                                        ==========              ==========
Pro forma diluted earnings
 (loss) per share,
 continuing operations                  $    (0.19)             $     0.18
Pro forma diluted loss per
 share, discontinued
 operations                                  (0.00)                  (0.01)
                                        ----------              ----------
Pro forma diluted earnings
 (loss) per share                       $    (0.19)             $     0.17
                                        ==========              ==========
Pro forma weighted average
 basic shares outstanding               27,702,478              17,786,686
Pro forma weighted average
 diluted shares outstanding             27,702,478              18,664,049






                GREAT AMERICAN GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
  ADJUSTED EARNINGS BEFORE INTEREST, TAXES, DEPRECIATION AND AMORTIZATION
                       (Unaudited Adjusted EBITDA)
                          (Dollars in thousands)


                                                      Three Months Ended
                                                         December 31,
                                                    ----------------------
                                                       2010        2009
                                                    ----------  ----------
Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation:
Net income (loss) as reported                       $   (1,906) $   (4,542)
Adjustments:
  Benefit for income taxes                                (151)     (4,054)
  Interest expense                                       1,027       2,001
  Interest income                                         (188)        (12)
  Depreciation and amortization                            212         169
  Share based compensation                                 990       1,965
  Deferred compensation - Phantom Stock Plan                --          --
                                                    ----------  ----------
    Total EBITDA adjustments                             1,890          69
                                                    ----------  ----------
Adjusted EBITDA                                     $      (16) $   (4,473)
                                                    ==========  ==========


                                                          Year Ended
                                                         December 31,
                                                    ----------------------
                                                       2010        2009
                                                    ----------  ----------
Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation:
Net income (loss) as reported                       $  (11,038) $   16,956
Adjustments:
  Benefit for income taxes                              (5,106)    (11,664)
  Interest expense                                       3,667      11,273
  Interest income                                         (522)        (32)
  Depreciation and amortization                            792         634
  Share based compensation                               4,420       3,508
  Deferred compensation - Phantom Stock Plan                --       4,005
                                                    ----------  ----------
    Total EBITDA adjustments                             3,251       7,724
                                                    ----------  ----------

Adjusted EBITDA                                     $   (7,787) $   24,680
                                                    ==========  ==========

Contact Information

  • Investor Contacts:

    Great American Group
    Phil Ahn, SVP
    Strategy & Corporate Development
    818-884-3737

    Addo Communications
    Andrew Blazier
    310-829-5400
    Email Contact

    or

    Press Contact:
    Great American Group
    Laura Wayman
    847-444-1400 ext. 312
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