Hour Loop Reports Third Quarter 2023 Results

November 13, 2023 at 8:05 AM EST

Demonstrates Strong Revenue Growth Despite Challenging e-Commerce Environment

Increases Full Year 2023 Revenue Guidance

REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 13, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hour Loop, Inc. (NASDAQ: HOUR) (“Hour Loop”), a leading online retailer, announces its financial and operational results for the quarter ended September 30, 2023.

Financial Highlights for Third Quarter 2023:

  • Net revenues increased 66.1% to $29.2 million, compared to $17.6 million in the year-ago period;
  • Net loss totaled $0.02 million, compared to net income $0.15 million in the year-ago period; and
  • Cash used for operating activities was $3.8 million and $14.5 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2023 and 2022, respectively.

Management Commentary

“We are pleased to report our third quarter 2023 results, in which we continued to deliver significant revenue growth,” said Sam Lai, CEO of Hour Loop. “The revenue growth rate for the third quarter was 66.1%, compared with the year-ago period, and outperformed most peers that we know.

“However, our gross margin, compared with the year-ago period, was negatively affected by the inflation impacted macroeconomy, a challenging e-commerce environment and intense competition across the industry. Nevertheless, our QoQ margin improvement remained. Gross margin for the third quarter was 52.6%, compared with 50.7% and 45.6% in the second and first quarters of 2023, respectively.

“Our operating expenses percentage was reduced compared with the year-ago period because of efforts made for expense management this year. Overall, we believe we’ve built a solid foundation to continue generating strong growth. We also aim to continue making improvements on profitability.

“Looking forward, we’re cautiously optimistic. Despite an uncertain economy, we continue to see strong demand for our products so far in 2023. We are confident in our ability to continue delivering value to our vendors, customers, and shareholders.”

Third Quarter 2023 Financial Results

Net revenues in the third quarter of 2023 were $29.2 million, compared to $17.6 million in the year-ago period. The increase was primarily due to continued growth and maturity in our personnel and operating model, despite intense competition.

Gross profit percentage decreased 5.8% to 50.7%, compared to 56.5%, of net revenues in the comparable period a year ago. The decrease was a function of increased market competition, and higher Amazon fees.

Operating expenses percentage decreased 1.7% to 52.5%, compared to 54.2%, of net revenues in the year-ago period. The decrease reflected better management of shipping charges and labor costs.

Net loss in the third quarter of 2023 was $0.02 million, or $0.0004 per diluted share, compared to net income $0.15 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, in the comparable year-ago period. The decrease was driven by decreased gross margin as a result of the reasons mentioned above despite efforts made for expense management.

As of September 30, 2023, the Company had $0.6 million in cash, compared to $4.6 million as of December 31, 2022. This decrease was driven by inventory purchases in view of the revenue potential for the upcoming holiday season.

Inventories as of September 30, 2023, were $23.8 million, compared to $18.8 million as of December 31, 2022. The increase is due to the preparation of revenue potential for the upcoming holiday season.

Full Year 2023 Financial Outlook

For the full year 2023, Hour Loop increased its guidance for gross revenue to be in the range of $145 million to $153 million, representing 40% to 48% year-over-year growth. In the meantime, the Company maintained its guidance for 2023 net income to be in the range of $0.5 million to $4 million.

About Hour Loop, Inc.
Hour Loop is an online retailer engaged in e-commerce retailing in the U.S. market. It has operated as a third-party seller on www.amazon.com and has sold merchandise on its website at www.hourloop.com since 2013. Hour Loop further expanded its operations to other marketplaces such as Walmart, eBay, and Etsy. To date, Hour Loop has generated practically all its revenue as a third-party seller on www.amazon.com and only a negligible amount of revenue from its own website and other marketplaces. Hour Loop manages more than 100,000 stock-keeping units (“SKUs”). Product categories include home/garden décor, toys, kitchenware, apparel, and electronics. Hour Loop’s primary strategy is to bring most of its vendors’ product selections to the customers. It has advanced software that assists Hour Loop in identifying product gaps so it can keep such products in stock year-round including the entirety of the last quarter (holiday season) of the calendar year. In upcoming years, Hour Loop plans to expand its business rapidly by increasing the number of business managers, vendors, and SKUs.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains statements that constitute "forward-looking statements" including with respect to Hour Loop’s business strategy, product development and industry trends. Forward-looking statements are subject to numerous conditions, many of which are beyond the control of Hour Loop. While Hour Loop believes these forward-looking statements are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on any such forward-looking statements, which are based on information available to Hour Loop on the date of this release. These forward-looking statements are based upon current estimates and assumptions and are subject to various risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, those set forth in Hour Loop’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, as the same may be updated from time to time. Thus, actual results could be materially different. Hour Loop undertakes no obligation to update these statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, after the date of this release, except as required by law.

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(In U.S. Dollars, except for share data)
As of September 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022
  September 30,  December 31, 
  2023  2022 
Current assets        
Cash $562,612  $4,562,589 
Accounts receivable, net  737,154   352,379 
Inventory, net  23,725,207   18,801,529 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  1,153,552   741,243 
Total current assets  26,178,525   24,457,740 
Property and equipment, net  175,139   274,195 
Deferred tax assets  1,057,710   549,320 
Right-of-use lease assets  195,047   450,721 
Total non-current assets  1,427,896   1,274,236 
TOTAL ASSETS $27,606,421  $25,731,976 
Current liabilities        
Short-term loan $620,732  $652,316 
Accounts payable  16,909,757   11,883,253 
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities  900,654   1,742,972 
Operating lease liabilities-current  171,626   385,216 
Total current liabilities  18,602,769   14,663,757 
Non-current liabilities        
Operating lease liabilities-non-current  5,598   64,945 
Due to related parties  4,170,418   4,170,418 
Total non-current liabilities  4,176,016   4,235,363 
Total liabilities  22,778,785   18,899,120 
Commitments and contingencies        
Stockholders’ equity        
Preferred stock: $0.0001 par value, 10,000,000 shares authorized, none issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022  -   - 
Common stock: $0.0001 par value, 300,000,000 shares authorized, 35,070,776 and 35,047,828 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, respectively  3,507   3,506 
Additional paid-in capital  5,709,652   5,675,320 
(Accumulated deficit) retained earnings  (842,596)  1,177,072 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (42,927)  (23,042)
Total stockholders’ equity  4,827,636   6,832,856 

The accompanying footnotes are an integral part of these unaudited consolidated financial statements.

(In U.S. Dollars, except for share and per share data)
For the Three and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2023 and 2022
  Three Months  Three Months  Nine Months  Nine Months 
  Ended  Ended  Ended  Ended 
  September 30,  September 30,  September 30,  September 30, 
  2023  2022  2023  2022 
Revenues, net $29,152,360  $17,556,053  $72,637,417  $44,710,554 
Cost of revenues  (13,819,798)  (7,999,769)  (36,331,604)  (20,340,948)
Gross profit  15,332,562   9,556,284   36,305,813   24,369,606 
Operating expenses                
Selling and marketing  13,632,333   7,779,145   33,385,216   19,785,872 
General and administrative  1,682,242   1,740,427   5,353,403   5,692,033 
Total operating expenses  15,314,575   9,519,572   38,738,619   25,477,905 
Income (Loss) from operations  17,987   36,712   (2,432,806)  (1,108,299)
Other (expenses) income                
Other expense  (3,702)  (6,651)  (18,419)  (16,045)
Interest expense  (62,476)  (22,876)  (185,964)  (127,001)
Other income  70,683   155,983   109,131   176,676 
Total other income (expenses), net  4,505   126,456   (95,252)  33,630 
Income (Loss) before income taxes  22,492   163,168   (2,528,058)  (1,074,669)
Income tax (expense) benefit  (37,548)  (12,963)  508,390   266,579 
Net (loss) income  (15,056)  150,205   (2,019,668)  (808,090)
Other comprehensive (loss) income                
Foreign currency translation adjustments  (12,032)  12,441   (19,885)  8,399 
Total comprehensive (loss) income $(27,088) $162,646  $(2,039,553) $(799,691)
Basic and diluted (loss) income per common share $(0.00) $0.01  $(0.06) $(0.02)
Weighted-average number of common shares outstanding  35,058,340   33,300,058   35,061,286   34,973,580 

The accompanying footnotes are an integral part of these unaudited consolidated financial statements.

(In U.S. Dollars)
For the Three and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2023 and 2022
  Nine Months  Nine Months 
  Ended  Ended 
  September 30,  September 30, 
  2023  2022 
Cash flows from operating activities        
Net loss $(2,019,668) $(808,090)
Reconciliation of net loss to net cash used in operating activities:        
Depreciation expenses  100,441   39,993 
Amortization of right-of-use lease assets  262,913   212,126 
Deferred tax assets  (508,390)  (266,709)
Stock-based compensation  34,333   76,013 
Inventory allowance  130,319   605,316 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:        
Accounts receivable  (384,775)  (137,434)
Inventory  (5,053,997)  (14,921,838)
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  (412,309)  (467,412)
Accounts payable  5,026,504   1,474,511 
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities  (683,276)  (152,606)
Operating lease liabilities  (280,333)  (179,701)
Net cash used in operating activities  (3,788,238)  (14,525,831)
Cash flows from investing activities:        
Purchases of property and equipment  (14,024)  (268,342)
Net cash used in investing activities  (14,024)  (268,342)
Cash flows from financing activities:        
Payments to related parties  (159,042)  (898,583)
Proceeds from Short-term debt  -   630,915 
Proceeds from issuance of shares  -   6,156,360 
Net cash provided by financing activities  (159,042)  5,888,692 
Effect of changes in foreign currency exchange rates  (38,673)  17,015 
Net change in cash  (3,999,977)  (8,888,466)
Cash at beginning of period  4,562,589   10,592,572 
Cash at end of period $562,612  $1,704,106 
Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:        
Cash paid for interest $172,964  $- 
Cash paid for income tax $362  $- 
Noncash investing and financing activities:        
Right-of-use of assets and operating lease liabilities recognized $27,330  $688,440 

The accompanying footnotes are an integral part of these unaudited consolidated financial statements.