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Participants
Sean Mansouri Investor Relations Advisor-Gateway Investor Relations
Mike Willoughby Chief Executive Officer
Tom Madden Chief Financial Officer
Zach Thomann Executive Vice President and President-PFS
Jim Butler Executive Vice President and President-LiveArea
Kara Anderson B. Riley
Mark Argento Lake Street Capital
George Sutton Craig-Hallum
Ryan MacDonald Needham
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Operator

Good morning, everyone, and thank you for participating in today's conference call to discuss PFSweb’s Financial Results for the Fourth Quarter and Full Year Ended December 31, 2020.

Joining us today are PFSweb's CEO, Mike Willoughby; the company's CFO, Tom Madden; the President of PFS, Zach Thomann; the President of LiveArea, Jim Butler; and the company's outside Investor Relations Advisor, Sean Mansouri with Gateway Investor Relations.

Following their remarks, we'll open the call for your questions. I would now like to turn the call over to Mr. Mansouri for some introductory comments.

Sean Mansouri

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Mike Willoughby

and Thank Sean, good you, morning, everyone.

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Tom Madden

And XXXX. our noted, are full good XXXX. to quarter fiscal everyone. comparisons and of are our fourth morning, otherwise Mike, to you, annual Thank year quarterly the the financial comparisons Unless

increase in during fee costs service during a gross as our primarily fulfillment driven revenues revenue For and well towards mid PFS from its consolidated increased segment, QX, million. XX% labor PFS’s higher sanitation or growth our our remained continued revenue to to The fulfillment increased as typical to typical equivalent was costs SFE in robust activity services well to as of our fulfillment of the as by in XX%, guidance XX% range These and $XX.X due existing LiveArea’s our primarily margin XX% in in mix quarter margins the to new the clients related generated LiveArea PFS, quarter. percentage guidance U.S. with revenue the was XXXX gross below shift of XX% rates margin segment. range come the to XX.X%, while compared gross of in Service caused within from quarter. range fourth decrease fee XX.X% a

some from mix in somewhat me on being by more margin gross activity in Let There PFS revenue impact larger fulfillment our of color percentage service margin. resulted category. our PFS growth generated this was the provide as revenue lower little a gross the a negative

frontline that starting toward QX including impacted rate have fourth our of increases our end quarter previously, XXXX, permanent an both XXXX, workers U.S. fulfillment labor the for In the Additionally, the increases ROE approximately million million, $X.X rates as centers. incremental estimate experiencing costs temporary by half in certain in second of we labor began discussed and our of alone. we the we at of $X.X

year. incremental We during costs also incurred PPE an million estimated of related the $X

high this continued for these clients. pressured preserving costs ensuring at health levels during was our our top period, margins of we performing team that our and our the While priority

margins. successful during was costs, in While our fulfillment still related were impact clients offset partially generating negative the on surcharges a from to some fourth we quarter these there certain

compensation, to the variable activity. Additionally, million XXXX. costs segment increased in These our service to were to same gross segment. the the put million strategic non-cash of costs centers. our hires increases of growth reflect quarter technology margin XXXX. related quarter IT compared negatively well $XX.X $XX.X XXXX fourth certain was the such support was in including expanding facility aimed startup personnel The are million costs include and opening compared of the stock XXXX costs, the related EBITDA bow increases compensation related SG&A expanded to million as as at and period LiveArea as reduced in increased fourth of project, in for the PFS same impacted in our by the Adjusted $X.X the period $X.X of new distribution offering the personnel also

and previously Our costs. expectations was other adjusted margin the which personnel as pressure related targeted as below in PFS well discussed came impacted our slightly EBITDA, gross by facility

This operating the leases cash equivalents million position net $XX.X December debt in of $XX.X and cash was to resulted At balance approximately excluding million. million. total XX, and sheet. totaled $XX.X XXXX, debt Turning a

card industry reminder, service debt our of million net to negatively put in we navigate approximately client. offering with we discontinuance related from in liquidity are XXXX. remain pandemic. impacted one changes believe we by environment bow we level credit the a well Overall, into activity of future capitalized our $X position to was amid our And the as As are the our component a comfortable progress XXXX to

million, the which within including Our fulfillment total the operations leases, expenditures brings centers. falls fourth through $X.X capital new ramping of our our XXXX driven primarily previously capital capital This and capital to expenditures expenditures quarter expectations. debt our funded million, XXXX by at in stated $X.X were approximately

fees on fee LiveArea’s we these to outlook, growth Moving segments. expect service In to light to service both XX% of drive XX% achieve for our to XXXX. we business XXXX expect e-commerce strong trends, demand revenue of to continued our XXXX between compared of expansion

sales our resources of XXXX, to XXXX in growth capacity revenue PFS With generate EBITDA generate – the expansion and we support cost improved, delivery expect in consolidated, segment, compared to fee with For additional inclusive in growth to adjusted our in company-wide PFS, X% we in conjunction continued service investments sales focus this XXXX. to compared on expect LiveArea. XX% margin to to and revenue management,

expectation range March the do and is For adjusted our current to a overall of service level, in XXXX fee level quarter, increase as well compared items due incremental continuing in But to XX% our XX% growth XXXX we COVID the to incremental to year reduced add support few certain quarter some EBITDA guidance. for calendar costs regarding costs XXXX. other we wage earlier to EBITDA of expect the revenue first as the A outlined LiveArea. initiatives to

to fee We year with to XX% service gross XX% continue range, relatively line target XXXX. the in in overall full performance margins the for

professional infrastructure and by will the technology of this services fee the services service proportion impacted always, be related PFS higher As related product margin versus activity.

in from $XX generated XXXX $XX in million to continue will expect XXXX. the we to $XX million a product We million that of to revenue level our decline

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given remarks. Jim we expect income will subject level and to updates necessary. communicate turn to my COVID-XX, call the relatively to expectations and over Jim? highlights in These through For interest prepared change compared as This these as course expect any to expense. uncertainty expense, I'll we walk concludes the a are maintain moderate amid to stable increase to of a in operational tax XXXX LiveArea.

Jim Butler

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and an $XX projects engagements estimated totaled ACV for combined Our million.

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Zach Thomann

Jim. Thanks,

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to holiday our on performance. Moving

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Mike Willoughby

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Operator

And Instructions] Riley. first Thank question with Kara Anderson you, comes sir. [Operator Please B. proceed. from our

Kara Anderson

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Mike Willoughby

first the take I'll Okay. Kara. two,

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Kara Anderson

rates? part think of of you The just kind other your back targeted can timeline it in the was when for get you

Mike Willoughby

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but obviously some, increased help offsetting costs. completely did not it our So

Kara Anderson

the on LiveArea side? then And helpful. Super

Tom Madden

And business EBITDA Yes. for year, LiveArea LiveArea side, or the the – XXXX relatively so of Kara, with adjusted was for for level. on the stable percentage XXXX, contribution our kind direct the

couple XXXX, components and it of lower than personnel of that related that we and initiatives order to type the in that you costs were big somewhere strategic on some to of kind at some range, as as were was a that QX, related personnel increased in XX%-ish of – look of we the So compensation in have terms of as making of that growth for the the well drive some stuff. variable investment

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the EBITDA expansion in of performance at the we look year. in But account a as for relatively as we And for combination came year, LiveArea comments, line came prior we kind our as well, with indicated our do XXXX. adjusted in but expect those prepared into things again. that So some business, LiveArea of the

Jim Butler

add made, struggling doing of that advantage a well. really Yes, market took it’s, Tom, these just were when purposeful to that, we to were we investments were that was

of during And marketplace so talent this some best up picked the period. the we in

purposeful I for were and of investments lab, people investments. other like Barry of highlights, Tom these as hit on that made, on bringing innovation really the showing immediately So, but we before some building about sort talked an those dividends

from smart very, very my move a So perspective.

Kara Anderson

talk for the X% cadence can periods certain the you the year Great. PFS the like you Thank you. And growth to range kind XX% of year? then of of throughout just about maybe XQ lap in as guys one last more,

Tom Madden

clients quarter be the or booked as do coming challenging the a we are implementing you comp Well, implemented second and this Yes. know, clients is time. platform, have either going new at we onto to Kara, that

is that will of start to current our that of of facility. kind back client is One a to Vegas Zach the bit into facility, of more in clients them half mentioned our several anchor in are to probably QX. the with moving along going an that QX during client New a be that contribute facility, Those that

in organic very will this growth PFS as and new we see in geographies we challenging growth growth And them QX. QX move that contributing volumes rebound new and continued and hopefully new to from we’ll seeing into current that that bookings hopefully quarter PFS it’s a to in continued a what’s mentioned, But both we’ll QX. narrow strong as So client QX as our QX. clients but we look comp see in start at clients, looking then and to relationships some the for with likely expand revenues those we with, current help continues QX, like into client gap. QX, for have that expect strong would we’re elevated point of And with

going a making year-over-year, to help going achieve QX and and from QX you’ll a QX up see XX%. us be think it’s growth X% comp think difficult to I to have kind So, perspective that look of is good back-loaded, I QX we’ll then to

Kara Anderson

That’s you. for it Thank Great. me.

Tom Madden

Thanks Kara.

Operator

Lake proceed. Argento with from question Mark next Our comes Capital. Street Please

Mark Argento

Hey, guys. good morning,

of had investments a questions particular the segment Just in LiveArea, advantage got many a mentioned got just take I Jim so can couple and marketplace. margin we think of

for got do about in stepped on XXXX opportunity for in last terms as what done XX%, below know, roughly that in it you annualized a good that that haven’t looked should XX% business? I business a margins I think If EBITDA at EBITDA or and it business? math year XXXX, think and the margins high back mid-to-high I this what target somewhere it you how XXXX, out I teens guys say obviously segment you year, an long-term as think but almost shook in do for of basis, back was as on that margin,

Mike Willoughby

maybe we specifically in the marketing our we and sales Tom about under XXXX. and Hey, that bit but let future under reason on this in Mark significantly expectations, investing, declines XXXX, point business, in answer saw investing LiveArea comment that in as revenue XXXX which we back where question even primary were headed the a XXXX. into little We at is XXXX I’ll were I’ll timeframe,

we with and Jim revenue has significantly demonstrate would regard paid some but to that as bring on invest we look dividends as And really top impact sales in it expect fixed LiveArea, with of scale you so would that tier line infrastructure. somewhat you has the we come the growth, it to grow the top top-line in, the talent, short-term, we decisions expected clearly made to at in to bottom

would not quickly your spend as going growth grow marketing top-line revenue to the as indicate. and You’re sales

that be this So, let sort think we the would that levels including to year what normative EBITDA about in business. we of starting expect we’re And talk start from adjusted at see now, normalized kind to would or I’ll levels the margins Tom that expand. of

Tom Madden

Thanks Yes. Mike. Yes.

down just business So XXXX we about for adjusted contribution XXXX, was year the calendar for you percentage, levels is of if of thought from XX.X%. XX.X%, direct library will, EBITDA which the kind was slightly

we the to benefit both make while we continues balancing of to four some that So grow, service go to percentage as do of call alluded anticipate want years, should forward. that teens it the as of I we we high anticipate expect that fee would revenue we moving to scale investments as growth. towards Mike going business forward, ongoing XX% that within we, still to over it that support as there of a the be to, from range, kind next, the as three

an to revenue stream higher we just we from see able of a So, forward. to direct being able contribution it should as go be off in percentage that as we go improvement leverage benefit forward

Mark Argento

sure surge they getting guys stuck you middle. or pivoting of opportunity FedEx, and ops or you the QX UPS terms whoever and terms business it the in And around of the the pricing, getting And the structured in kind peak are like I’m guys the particular punched way these just contracts everybody’s and Got then again are seems are and in price, get of it. helpful. surge for holidays surcharges. It’s guys to you

thoughts on is mission killing how chain ability more are really with your everybody providing to some critical on effectively taking it Given the when be any it. you aggressive to instead guys the else surcharges of able services be

Mike Willoughby

temporary have a around living just higher have we is, to at all Yes, historically going than It of actually that, there are holiday a contracts increasing. clauses so what as price help that came be and to out pricing sure clauses to we need want increase. that of sort been go as near look client experiencing want that those as holiday. real pass The actually seen leverage related to all a indicated indices to a want don’t timing look, some between a haven’t are of down increased some earlier really relationship issue sort costs see ability certainly some us get operates of of was some – is us to when a of to transportation the our were a to some a of permanent as with many handle frankly, holiday on holiday. term a in in we while bit to question of allow really cost the And that carrier, our only discussion clients far And bedding case, help. sort the the have to of want that to The a going go within client great has in somewhat are way it’s exceptional We clients, our have sort And clients more QX. costs with you really expect that And opportunity a there, we may this an we going the our even be. these to situation little we in adjustment costs client those client, start we catching to carrier environment. virtually opportunities say, last just to it’s I chips bit difference stable then program and for And us you into that conversation sort point, cost have of where Mark. this more our save, indexes on some this these exceptional we make instead some of as do a discussion. to rolling of expected, question, is an along indicated the type relationship really as to the the exceptional a did we’re inflation, We costs were to as which have are permanent better costs. to increase but transportation with well, we and very long-term a of We go we’re information. may little this commodity surcharge and

FedEx, to local If you not rates, move to you contract UPS necessarily a your with your volumes delivery don’t then carrier, carrier. can and can you’re locked into or can like around you switch long-term switch a a you

We the we of take most with have care our long-term. need and those these three clients into to revenue contracts that protect five year for streams account operating to And mission to were important those that clients. take is annuity

potentially revenue at going client a quarter a and we about be really difference leveraging annuity longer-term back So matter versus relationship want adjustment, or with stepping out over client about a early stream. that of putting but is sort think I timing possibly and the associated a talking the of to too risk two careful to

Mark Argento

employees, that Got pay even around difficult the and off. their And rates actively that's is their to obviously ability it. especially I holidays. mean, the mean, given pick I'm setting ship that, I assuming scale, back Amazon not wage type for

obviously of for with. lastly, you out? roll terms wage guys use in some in that of then costs terms maybe upon that's is issue something how And So rates laws, just additional wage you here, are contend in you depending need an minimum laws to uptake of – terms the

Mike Willoughby

for Yes, Mark, with is you a I helpful that markets, that's that. field in us conversations to the wage our at you've close paying would anywhere point actually not so above labor with different got everybody, most I facilities; we're minimum that a think a because sets officially change change that quite macro official. macro it’s for a a bar affects that level think bit that that's truly clients, playing have in

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Mark Argento

Right. Thanks guys. luck. Good

Mike Willoughby

it. Appreciate Thanks Mark.

Operator

Our next question from George comes Sutton proceed. Craig-Hallum. Please with

George Sutton

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Mike Willoughby

Yes. you're see. George, going I where exactly that's think to

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George Sutton

now, one pass limit I'll Will that Beautiful. Thanks. question. to my or

Mike Willoughby

Thank you, George.

Operator

question Please proceed. MacDonald Next Needham. Ryan comes with from

Ryan MacDonald

much Mike, know way maybe to question, Would rising love holiday seem taking of in to do we and customers, season environment, sort think around about more to sort how forward cost of is as a initiatives offset look Yes, costs? as that good those love with there scale around to some moving RetailConnect, address morning of new CloudPick rising include sanitation. everyone. you fulfillment Would those a the booking given solutions scale. to to offerings, given through of Thanks another continues that and you're Thanks. wages be my for the now percent volumes at and you more these conversations hear your can and

Mike Willoughby

Ryan think for long-term, answer the medium and is the I yes.

the it what or from with RetailConnect phase client we one things be the this of year, pilot into into within also to of order and actually beta depends there on moving it rolling to percent is for able And and But environments us I way adjusted margins for year successful costs especially think the production This to with interesting costs we is a to that in send with to products a us they where for in margins, is are concrete. are, production. our that'll for fulfillment. associated transition use really both RetailConnect stores offset we operating start gross volumes are see product of labor clients to not us see the PFS expansion, initiatives to EBITDA business margin fees those have production in how as out. their to only

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material if that become that's consistent could roll case, we to would exciting, clients, talk the – could out of And see and a start as as more to and we and a right we center so, And like fulfillment a part this that's that associated be call this revenue trend, revenues. for then details separately separate is get category the we RetailConnect you where CloudPick. some out with do possibly of you'll that a hopefully now give call and to start But more bookings details. year our

Ryan MacDonald

as it I'll to Excellent. leave Thanks. one well.

Mike Willoughby

Thanks Ryan.

Operator

concludes this our At now over session. closing the to for remarks. this call Willoughby time, question-and-answer Mr. turn I’ll back

Mike Willoughby

around everyone thank is investors early to And with which analysts to like our corner. I'd we this attended Michelle. look our quarter to report you, results call Thank first May, we and as just speaking morning. the in forward

you this us thank for morning, being So with

Operator

and this Ladies does conclude today's teleconference. gentlemen,

You may disconnect Thank participation. your your for lines you a this Everyone at time. have great day.