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Superior Uniform Group (NASDAQ:SGC)
This fall 2020 Earnings Name
Mar 01, 2021, 2:00 p.m. ET

Contents:

  • Ready Remarks
  • Questions and Solutions
  • Name Contributors

Ready Remarks:

Operator

Good afternoon, everybody. Welcome to Superior Group of Corporations 2020 fourth-quarter and year-end earnings convention name. With us in the present day on behalf of the corporate is Michael Benstock, the corporate’s chief government officer; Andy Demott, its chief working officer, chief monetary officer and treasurer; and from the promotional merchandise division, we’ve Jake Himelstein, BAMKO’s chief working officer and CFO. [Operator instructions] Now, I’ll flip the decision over to Hala Elsherbini, senior managing director of Three Half Advisors, who will learn the secure harbor assertion.

Please go forward.

Hala ElsherbiniSenior Managing Director

Thanks. This convention name could comprise forward-looking statements about Superior Group of Corporations, the corporate, throughout the that means of Securities Act of 1933, the Securities Change Act of 1935, the Personal Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and all guidelines and laws issued thereunder. Such statements are primarily based upon administration’s present expectations, projections, estimates and assumptions. Phrases akin to will, count on, consider, anticipate, assume, outlook, hope and variations of such phrases and comparable expressions determine such forward-looking statements, which incorporates statements on the impression of COVID-19 on the corporate’s enterprise, together with stock, provide chain, manufacturing capability on the firm’s personal and contract manufacturing amenities, service capability and buyer demand.

Ahead-looking statements contain recognized and unknown dangers and uncertainties which will trigger future outcomes to vary materially from these steered by the forward-looking statements. Such dangers and uncertainties embody, however aren’t restricted to, the next: the impact of the COVID-19 disaster on the U.S. and world market, our enterprise operations, clients, suppliers and staff; common financial situations within the areas of america through which the corporate’s clients are positioned; adjustments out there the place uniforms are worn, the place promotional merchandise are bought and the place name middle companies are used; the impression of competitors; the corporate’s means to efficiently combine operations following affirmation of acquisitions and the supply of producing supplies; in addition to the dangers and uncertainties disclosed within the firm’s periodic filings with the Securities and Change Fee, together with the corporate’s annual report on Kind 10-Ok for the 12 months ended December 31, 2019, and the 8-Ok filed just lately. Shareholders, potential traders and different readers are urged to think about these elements fastidiously in evaluating the forward-looking statements made herein and are cautioned to not place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements.

The corporate doesn’t undertake to replace the forward-looking statements contained herein to evolve to precise outcomes or adjustments within the firm’s expectations, whether or not because of new data, future occasions or in any other case, besides as required by legislation. Please observe that each one progress comparisons that administration makes in the present day will relate to the corresponding interval in 2019, until in any other case famous. With that, I will flip the decision over to Michael.

Michael BenstockChief Government Officer

Thanks, Hala and welcome, all people. Good afternoon. Thanks for becoming a member of us to debate our fourth-quarter outcomes. With me in the present day as common is Andy, who will report on the general SGC outcomes and standing of our operations, and Jake will report in the present day on BAMKO’s financials and the state of our present operations there.

Jake beforehand helped lead the third-quarter earnings name, in the event you keep in mind, when Andy was not capable of attend. As BAMKO turns into a bigger and bigger a part of our firm, we really feel that the addition of Jake to talk to BAMKO’s outcomes and reply questions is useful. As common, after we are accomplished, we’ll be open for questions. So let’s get began.

So let’s get began. I’m extraordinarily proud to have reported our outcomes this morning. Report ends in all segments and important will increase in prime and bottom-line outcomes is optimistic information for our shareholders. I’m particularly proud to have accomplished so in probably the most attempting years in our 100-year historical past to report on how we pivoted and delivered to get — introduced even larger shareholder worth than ever.

To remind you, 2020 marked the 100th anniversary of the founding of this firm. My nice grandmother Rose began this enterprise on the heels of the Spanish flu pandemic, coming into us into the world of medical attire in ’19/’20. She was a daring ladies. Effectively, solely after she began the corporate was she even given the appropriate to vote.

She was a trailblazer. I have been preceded by many daring leaders, my grandfather, David Benstock, who noticed the corporate by means of World Struggle 2 and the assist we gave to our armed troops throughout that point, and my father, who diversified the corporate significantly within the uniform sphere and took the corporate public in 1968. Our legacy of 100 years is phenomenal and to have ended our 100 years within the midst of a pandemic with the extent of success we’ve achieved offers us sure bragging rights. I largely do not wish to brag about our 4,600 associates who labored tougher and smarter with so little readability as to what was going to occur this previous 12 months.

They fought for our survival. And never solely did they succeed, however they exceeded past all of our expectations. Our work-from-home answer was deployed in mid-March throughout all nations that we function in. None of us knew at that time what the longer term would maintain nor with the contingency plans we’ve put in place to promote PPE and to intensify our deal with important clients would yield when it comes to our stage of success.

As nations shut down, we benefited significantly by our long-term technique of redundant manufacturing, transferring manufacturing around the globe like chess items to make sure continuity of provide. In step with our legacy, we additionally made report donations final 12 months, thousands and thousands of {dollars} in money donations and important merchandise to healthcare methods. Our donations helped dress over 100,000 caregivers. The total worth of our donations effectively exceeded $5 million.

Charity is in our DNA. It at all times has been going again to our formation in 1920. Our enterprise received began as an lively charity when my nice grandmother Rose helped three fellow immigrants get our enterprise began as Superior Surgical. We’re lucky to be positioned in the present day with larger power and with extra goal than ever earlier than.

Our revenues exceeded $0.5 billion in gross sales this 12 months. If you happen to look again to 2010, when our income was $105 million, we managed to extend market share throughout and following the recession and a subsequent cotton disaster. Right here we’re 10 years later, greater than 5 instances the income we had been capable of obtain in 2010. Our 2020 earnings elevated over 10 fold over that very same time period.

Probably the most superb half about 2020 was that not solely did we supply and promote over $131 million of PPE, however even with out PPE, each section of our enterprise hit new income information. 2020 was not with out its challenges. There was a large contraction within the promotional merchandise business and within the nonessential aspect of the uniform business, however we’ve deliberately positioned our firm to resist most any uncertainty for the longer term. We at all times wish to say to our traders that we’re considerably recession-proof and that we’re so effectively diversified throughout so many services and products.

However now we all know we’re pandemic-proof too. In saying that, the bragging stops, in fact. My coronary heart goes out to the thousands and thousands of households who’ve misplaced family members throughout this pandemic. My gratitude extends to all of the caregivers, first responders, lecturers and different important employees, together with our personal very owned warehouse and manufacturing associates past something I may presumably put into phrases.

This pandemic is not over, however our future is stable with or with out future disaster gross sales. Round this time final 12 months, we mentioned our profitable transformation to raise our innovation, automation, gross sales methods and management alignment for the following strategic part of our progress. We proceed on that very same path in 2021. We completed an incredible deal throughout 2020, however the unprecedented progress we noticed would require extra investments in human capital.

As we’ve leveraged our investments prior to now and our shared sources infrastructure to manage prices and ship record-setting outcomes, we are going to proceed to take action sooner or later. Our annual internet gross sales had been up by a formidable 40% to over $526 million, together with a outstanding 240% enhance in internet revenue to $41 million. This really excellent outcomes, additional highlighting our resilience and power. Whereas the pivot to PPE sourcing was key to our progress in internet gross sales and internet revenue, we must always emphasize once more that we achieved notable natural progress in internet gross sales in all three of our enterprise segments even with out the impression of gross sales from PPE.

Andy will, in fact, present extra colour to that. As we reported in third quarter, we’re nonetheless seeing continued demand for PPE in our healthcare and worker ID retail enterprise sectors, together with reusable protecting attire, akin to barrier coats and isolation robes in addition to scrub attire. Earlier within the 12 months, we bolstered our inventories in a lot of our legacy PPE in addition to scrub attire, which has supported a lot of our natural progress this 12 months, and we consider the vast majority of which might be sustainable for the long run. Our trend seal healthcare and CID scrub merchandise noticed sizable will increase in gross sales throughout our conventional buyer base.

At CID, specifically, we additionally discovered new channels with largely e-commerce retailers to maneuver the needle considerably with respect to income and working margins. We have spoken beforehand about our WonderWink INDY line for trend seal healthcare designed by CID. This new revolutionary trend assortment was primarily spoken for earlier than even arriving in our warehouses. One in every of our key laundry distributor clients put out a press launch on the finish of December saying the addition of the INDY-branded scrub line as a part of their managed uniform service providing.

We’re excited to proceed our long-standing partnership with them and others who’ve come ahead to assist the long-term success of the primary of its variety addition to our scrub providing in a few years. We count on more and more large acceptance for this distinctive trend scrub and anticipate that over a three-year interval, it’ll ramp as much as signify larger than excessive seven figures in annual gross sales. We proceed to work on our worldwide advertising and marketing technique by means of CID. As we mentioned final quarter, we’re presently promoting healthcare attire into European markets at modest ranges.

As a part of our long-term technique, we’ve contracted with a warehouse in Poland to start distributing our merchandise and to be nearer to our buyer base. It will permit us to construct our footprint additional throughout these markets. HPI, our worker ID enterprise, has a diversified buyer base, together with COVID important and nonessential companies. Income from the smaller nonessential sectors inside our HPI buyer base was down by nearly 30%.

This portion of our worker ID enterprise consists of the journey, eating and leisure industries. These gross sales declines had been largely offset by strong gross sales to important retailers together with pharmacies, grocery chains and massive field retailers. Whereas we’re seeing lighter exercise than common on the RFP aspect of HPI’s enterprise, we do count on the resumption of upper exercise later within the 12 months because the surroundings stabilizes to a brand new regular. As institutions enhance their capability and rent extra individuals, the necessity for uniforms and rebranding will definitely present a elevate going ahead.

The important aspect of our enterprise nonetheless stays sturdy and may assist mitigate most, if not all, the downturn that we’ve or will expertise on the nonessential aspect of our enterprise. Demand for PPE nonetheless continues. The problem is commonly not how a lot we will promote however how we will discover adequate and dependable provide. The availability chain has been extraordinarily tight on many merchandise.

We’re working with our groups throughout the globe day and night time to supply legit merchandise that meet the inflexible specs of this market. Whereas lots of our clients, together with what we name nonlegacy PPE product as a part of their regular Uniform shipments or as a part of their worker start-up kits, there may be nonetheless a considerable quantity of enterprise alternatives to be received throughout all of the sectors of PPE. In our promotional merchandise section, which Jake will report on additional, the BAMKO group turned a colossal disaster into an incredible alternative by appropriately anticipating early within the pandemic that PPE merchandise had been going to be in excessive demand and that clients would use these merchandise not solely to guard their staff and their clients, but in addition to assist maintain their model id. By way of our unmatched sourcing and inventive experience, the group exceeded expectations by delivering very worthwhile gross sales, eclipsing $200 million, fairly a milestone.

The Workplace Gurus returned to pre-pandemic double-digit progress with a 31% enhance within the fourth quarter and an 18% enhance for the 12 months. I am unable to say sufficient optimistic issues about our group’s well timed pivot to work-from-home answer that can allow us to proceed to assist all of our clients within the midst of an ever-changing authorities lockdown mandates. We onboarded a number of new shoppers through the pandemic, and grew our agent head rely by over 300 individuals to almost 1,700 brokers. We’re thought-about by lots of our clients who use different name facilities apart from ours to beat their pandemic proof answer.

We’re excited in regards to the alternative that make money working from home means to us when it comes to modest investments we might want to make within the enterprise and our means to scale its progress even additional. Headwinds on the availability chain aspect impacted our uniforms and promotional merchandise companies with logistic value surging as we labored to serve our clients’ elevated calls for. This has occurred throughout all, together with home trucking, abroad air shipments and ocean container shipments. We noticed pricing pressures, each from a logistics standpoint and from a material enhance value in addition to some weak point within the greenback.

Different logistic challenges embody the well-publicized backup of West Coast ports, the dearth of availability of transport containers and shortage of truckers to maneuver freight and this has precipitated extreme logistic challenges in addition to greater than doubling of our prices related to bringing product into our warehouses. On account of these many pressures, we applied a large value enhance that’s largely efficient this quarter. I’ll now flip the decision over to Jake to debate BAMKO’s outcomes after which come again to you on the shut.

Jake HimelsteinChief Working Officer and Chief Monetary Officer, Promotional Merchandise

Thanks, Michael and good afternoon, everybody. I am ecstatic with the outcomes our group at BAMKO has delivered throughout such a difficult 12 months. Our presence on the bottom in Asia and our superior sourcing prowess distinguished us throughout a 12 months marked by disaster and alternative. BAMKO ended the fourth quarter with gross sales of $56.Three million, a 52.5% enhance from This fall 2019.

Working margin improved to 14.6% in comparison with 4.5% in final 12 months’s fourth quarter. For the full-year 2020, our gross sales had been larger than $202 million, a rise of roughly 88% of over 2019. We leveraged our scale to ship 13% working margin in comparison with 4.3% working margin in 2019. The this huge enhance in working margin is a testomony to BAMKO’s means to understand economies of scale as we proceed on our progress trajectory.

Industrywide promotional product spend was down roughly 25% to 30% in 2020 in comparison with 2019. Regardless of these highly effective business headwinds, BAMKO’s core promotional product gross sales truly elevated 12 months over 12 months by $11.9 million or 11.1%. In reality, the fourth quarter was the most important single quarter of promotional product gross sales in BAMKO’s historical past. To reemphasize, in a 12 months the place our business was down upwards of 30%, BAMKO was up 88% general 12 months over 12 months and when stripping out PPE, BAMKO was nonetheless up 11% 12 months over 12 months, only a outstanding efficiency in a really difficult market.

Core promotional product gross sales had been regular within the first three quarters of the 12 months earlier than rising considerably in This fall as we noticed a pointy enhance in worker gifting. Our backlog at year-end was $45.5 million, which consisted of $5.6 million in PPE and $39.9 million in nonPPE gross sales. Though whole backlog determine is barely decrease than prior quarters, the nonPPE backlog continues to extend, exhibiting a resurgence in promotional product spend. It is also the most important year-end backlog in BAMKO’s historical past.

2021 brings with it each challenges and alternatives concerning the promotional merchandise market. A major problem is the timing of a return to large-scale conferences and occasions, one thing we aren’t anticipating to happen till not less than the second half of the 12 months. Luckily, BAMKO’s enterprise is considerably much less event-based than the business as a complete. And BAMKO’s continued sturdy efficiency has it effectively positioned to satisfy renewed demand as these occasions return.

A diversified portfolio of shoppers and business sectors served by BAMKO consists of quite a few well-performing segments past the gig financial system sector. These embody different areas of power akin to house gifting, buyer retention applications, buyer acquisition, reacquisition applications, digital convention items and reward with buy objects for customers. All advised, BAMKO is a lot better ready to tackle the challenges and alternatives within the promotional merchandise market than the business at giant. Our acquisition of Items By Design instantly positions BAMKO to develop into an business chief in company awards, incentives and recognition applications, which we view as an vital and quickly rising market section.

We plan to leverage our giant shopper base and gross sales power to increase this vertical to present and future shoppers. By becoming a member of forces, each firms will instantly develop into higher with elevated capabilities and product choices. We’re including expertise and confirmed management in a beforehand untapped vertical. Earlier than I shut, I might wish to level out that BAMKO was as soon as once more honored in 2020 by the Los Angeles Enterprise Journal because the No.

1 Medium-sized Firm To Work For in all of Los Angeles. Moreover, members of the BAMKO group just lately received awards for salesperson of the 12 months and Finest Boss as chosen by promotional product Commerce publications. These are fairly spectacular achievements, which reinforce our dedication to our tradition and our individuals. I will now flip the decision over to Andy for his operational and monetary overview.

Andy DemottChief Working Officer

Thanks, Jay. Good afternoon everybody. Our groups carried out at an distinctive stage within the midst of unprecedented instances and delivered 4 quarters of spectacular outcomes, well timed cost-cutting strikes and an aggressive austerity technique along with worthwhile gross sales progress, allowed us to enhance our money move for the 12 months. We proceed to enhance our liquidity and debt leverage place, bringing our debt-to-EBITDA ratio to 1.Four instances at December 31, 2020, down from 4 instances on the finish of 2019.

This highlights almost a full 12 months through which we’re in keeping with our traditionally desired vary of 1 to 2 instances debt-to-EBITDA and effectively beneath our covenant restrict. For the 12 months, we lowered excellent debt by $31.6 million. We view our enterprise by means of a long-term lens, striving for steady enchancment throughout our operational and monetary platforms. And as a matter of prudent company governance, we filed a Common Shelf Registration assertion of $120 million on October 30, 2020.

This provides us larger monetary flexibility for acquisitions and huge gross sales alternatives as they come up sooner or later. We additionally elevated our revolving credit score settlement by $50 million at very favorable phrases and prolonged the maturity to 2026 to assist our continued progress. Through the 12 months, we continued to make enterprise course of investments to significantly elevate our know-how and automation, bolstering cross-functional collaboration and driving enhanced efficiencies and success capabilities. I will briefly spotlight some key accomplishments.

We finalized the implementation of SAP at CID, finishing crucial software program upgrades throughout our group that additional optimize our shared sources mannequin. All of our Uniform section companies at the moment are absolutely operational on SAP. We proceed to develop our manufacturing presence in Haiti with extra manufacturing being sourced from our personal factories, giving us a definite benefit over our competitors. As we take a stronger place on cloth, we’re capable of scale back full bundle pricing.

General, we count on an almost $300,000 financial savings per thirty days starting in quarter Three of this 12 months on incoming product. This could translate into much more improved margins in 2022. We proceed to make giant investments in our distribution amenities in Arkansas and Dallas. We expanded our distribution facility in Eudora, Arkansas, and are within the midst of the set up of our new and upgraded robotics distribution.

We count on to be operational within the new system late in 2021. Moreover, we’re wrapping up the set up of robots in our distribution middle at CID in Dallas now. We count on that these investments will assist us to proceed to drive down distribution prices even additional. We accomplished the sale of our HPI warehouse in Georgia in December of 2020, recognizing a acquire on the sale of $2.2 million.

The strategic consolidation of the Georgia and Arkansas amenities was accomplished late final 12 months in accordance with our optimization efforts. Turning to our monetary highlights. We had an incredible end to the 12 months with fourth-quarter internet gross sales up 34.1% to $145.Four million. The most important contributor was BAMKO with a 52.5% quarterly gross sales progress that accounted for $56.Three million of the $145 million in gross sales.

Rniforms and associated productsnet gross sales elevated 23.8% to $78.2 million relative to the comparable interval in 2019. $24 million of that was PPE versus $841,000 in 2019. Jake reviewed BAMKO’s excellent outcomes, so I will simply reiterate that we proceed to see important working margin leverage alternative within the promotional merchandise division because it continues to understand economies of scale. The Workplace Gurus returned to excessive double-digit progress and reported a internet gross sales enhance from third events of 30.6% to $10.9 million.

All year long, the group redefined excellence in servicing current clients in addition to onboarding new clients with their profitable execution to satisfy altering buyer wants. For the quarter, we reported consolidated gross margin outlined as gross revenue as a proportion of gross sales of 35.7% in comparison with 32.2% within the fourth quarter of 2019. This margin enhance is attributable to higher-margin gross sales primarily based on product and buyer combine. As a p.c of internet gross sales, consolidated SG&A bills for the fourth quarter improved to 26% versus 27% final 12 months, reflecting our means to leverage larger quantity gross sales throughout all enterprise segments mixed with continued value mitigating actions to manage working bills.

Earnings from operations for the fourth quarter elevated to $14.1 million and working margins climbed from 5.2% to 9.7% over the identical interval. General, fourth-quarter internet revenue elevated nearly 320% to $12.5 million or $0.79 per diluted share in comparison with $Three million or $0.20 per diluted share in final 12 months’s fourth quarter. Now, let’s shift to a overview of the full-year outcomes. On a year-over-year foundation, internet gross sales had been up 40% to $526.7 million, clearly exceeding our steerage for the 12 months.

Uniform’s internet gross sales rose considerably by 21% to $287.Three million. Moreover, we ended the 12 months with report backlogs for the Uniform section of $74.1 million in whole in comparison with $15.Four million on the finish of 2019. PPE backlog included within the 2020 12 months in whole was $36.7 million versus primarily Zero at December 31, 2019. BAMKO closed on a report 12 months, posting a rise of 88% and TOG posted a rise of 17.6%.

Of observe, our TOG facility in El Salvador skilled a shelter-in-place mandate on the finish of Q1 with Zero discover, which resulted in a lack of roughly $1.Eight million in income whereas we deployed our work-from-home answer. TOG had Zero layoffs as a result of pandemic and continued to pay all staff who’re keen to work as we deployed our work-for-home answer. As a proportion of internet gross sales, consolidated SG&A improved to 25.9% for the 12 months in comparison with 28.5% reported in 2019. Our means to keep up value self-discipline whereas leveraging larger gross sales quantity throughout our enterprise segments continues to drive enhancements in SG&A percentages.

We achieved the enhancements famous in SG&A regardless of potential dangerous money owed in our accounts receivable balances as we work by means of budgeting and financial state of affairs planning, given continued uncertainty from pandemic-related disruptions. To this finish, we elevated our provision for dangerous debt to $6.7 million in 2020 as in comparison with $1.Three million in 2019. We additionally incurred a rise in expense of $4.2 million on acquisition-related contingent liabilities, primarily pushed by honest market worth changes in these liabilities because of the super working outcomes delivered by BAMKO and the promotional merchandise section. Our value of products bought had been impacted by rising logistics prices, as Michael talked about, impacting our uniform section by greater than $2 million.

Regardless of this impression, general gross margin elevated to 35.8% as in comparison with 34.2% in 2019, primarily because of buyer and product combine adjustments. Fiscal 12 months 2020 working revenue improved significantly to $52.Three million in comparison with $21.6 million in 2019. 2020 working margins climbed to 9.9% in comparison with 2019’s working margins of 5.7%. 2020 periodic pension prices had been roughly $1 million in comparison with roughly $2 million in 2019.

Curiosity expense was $2 million for the 12 months in comparison with $4.Four million in 2019, and our efficient tax price for 2020 was 20.3% in comparison with 21.1% a 12 months in the past. General, internet revenue for the 12 months grew by 240% to $41 million in comparison with $12.1 million a 12 months in the past. Diluted earnings per share improved by 235.4% to $2.65 per share in comparison with $0.79 per share final 12 months. Now, for a couple of steadiness sheet highlights.

We proceed to prudently handle our money move, and at December 31, 2020, we had money and money equivalents of $5.2 million. It is a lower of $3.Eight million since final 12 months. Throughout 2020, our extra money from working actions was used to repay excellent borrowings on our revolving credit score facility. We just lately introduced our quarterly dividend of $0.10 per share, which is paid to shareholders, February 26, 2021.

In whole, we returned $6.1 million in money dividends to our shareholders throughout 2020. Capex investments for the 12 months elevated $2.2 million to $11.9 million in comparison with $9.7 million a 12 months in the past. We anticipate continued heavy investing in our automation tasks this 12 months, and we count on capex expenditures to be within the vary of $15 million to $17 million for 2021. Our fourth quarter and full-year outcomes mirror the group’s excellent agility in navigating a really difficult surroundings whereas executing our technique for long-term worthwhile progress.

I will now flip the decision again to Michael for his closing remarks and a common outlook for 2021.

Michael BenstockChief Government Officer

Thanks, Andy. Our efficiency in 2020 can solely be described as epic because of the super good points we achieved in all segments of our enterprise. We reached a number of milestones within the midst of a worldwide disaster that impacted almost each side of our lives, and we excelled the ways in which might be sustainable for the long run. The 12 months highlighted our core competencies in delivering product and companies to important and nonessential companies.

At BAMKO, we differentiated ourselves throughout conventional promotional merchandise by exhibiting our sourcing agility to pivot to PPE. At TOG, we supplied crucial assist to our clients through the pandemic and to take action from house and rising stronger was nothing wanting a miracle. As we glance forward, we’re excited in regards to the effectivity and the agility that we proceed to show as an organization. Let me recap some initiatives that we’re enthusiastic about that we’ve not significantly coated to this point on this name.

We hope that you simply noticed SanMar’s current press launch saying their new customized WonderWink providing, getting access to their buyer base of over 21,000 firms with a whole lot of hundreds of toes on the bottom, promoting our particular design merchandise through this crucial B2B channel is a terrific win for CID. The realignment of our design and product improvement groups in our Uniform section was well timed, and we might be augmenting these groups with much more expertise as we forge forward to take extra market share. As Andy talked about, our third facility in Haiti will significantly enhance our near-shore manufacturing capabilities. As a matter of truth, in 2020, our personal factories in Haiti manufactured 13% of our whole uniform manufacturing.

All factories in Haiti, together with our contract factories presently manufacture about 25% of all of our models. All that is accomplished within the duty-free surroundings. It will develop, in every case, by roughly 50% this 12 months, in order that our personal factories might be manufacturing greater than 20% and general contractors, the numbers ought to exceed 35% of our whole models. As every quarter goes on, this may end in enchancment in gross margins in our Uniform enterprise in addition to our means to raised service our clients from a nearshore location.

M&A exercise, which we’ve not coated but, is strong. Our final mission with every prospect is to seek out the appropriate match. I mentioned that within the final name, and I preserve repeating it. As a reminder, we’re being extraordinarily discerning in pursuing alternatives which might be rapidly accretive, extremely synergistic, have brief integration intervals and have the power to carry good seasoned management that can combine into our company tradition.

BAMKO becoming a member of forces with Reward By Design, as Jake spoke about, is a good instance of that and is a win-win partnership that units our course for substantial alternatives forward, we welcome their group to the SGC household. Moreover, BAMKO might be investing in a brand new warehouse administration system, which might be applied in its Oak Grove, Louisiana warehouse within the coming weeks. We additionally leased a 200,000 sq. foot constructing, which is being constructed proper now in Arkansas, to deal with all receiving which will even function a replenishment warehouse for our present Uniform and promotional segments to deal with future progress. We’re excited in regards to the set up of an much more environment friendly semirobotic warehouse administration system in our important Arkansas facility, which is on tempo for completion later this 12 months.

As Andy spoke about, we’re wrapping up the implementation of robots at our Dallas facility as deliberate. Since these robots function with a specific amount of AI and machine studying we count on their effectivity to assemble steam over the approaching months, serving to to scale back our prices and supply higher service to our clients. We’re continually evaluating our channel methods. We’re making a number of progress within the e-commerce area to assist our retailers’ platforms, each on-line and brick-and-mortar, notably in group gross sales.

Rollout of Section 1 of our group gross sales technique might be accomplished this month with Section 2 deliberate for later this 12 months. Giving our retail clients clear visibility to their group clients down to every worker within the group is one thing that has not been achieved prior to now. We’re excited to carry this new know-how to what’s generally known as the group gross sales enterprise. We do count on to spend larger advertising and marketing {dollars} sooner or later to enhance and enhance model consciousness by means of many digital campaigns, which we’ll accomplice with lots of our retailers to realize.

We proceed to bolster our administration ranks, having gone by means of 3,200 individuals to 4,600 associates this 12 months to assist our progress extra is required to take us to the following stage. Please observe that we’re rising at a sooner price in every of our companies than the industries themselves are rising. As we enhance our market share, we will need to have expertise to take us to new report ranges. We’re additionally proud in case you missed it to be listed as No.

10 of America’s Finest Small Corporations by Forbes Journal. A lot of this acknowledges shareholder return and our monetary working outcomes. We’re additionally pleased with our many award-winning groups throughout our brand-building enterprise. All through 100-year historical past, ,we have constantly cared for our group members, served our clients, supported the communities through which we dwell and work.

Our confirmed resilience and skill to excel throughout challenges is considered one of our group’s best attributes. We constructed this firm to endure, and we discover ourselves in a commanding place as we enter our 101st 12 months of enterprise. With that, we might wish to open the decision to your questions.

Questions & Solutions:

Operator

[Operator instructions] And the primary query comes from Kevin Steinke with Barrington Analysis. Please go forward.

Kevin SteinkeBarrington Analysis — Analyst

Hey, good afternoon, everybody.

Michael BenstockChief Government Officer

Howdy.

Kevin SteinkeBarrington Analysis — Analyst

I wished to begin off by asking about CID. And I do know you touched on this in your name final quarter, however you once more talked in regards to the worldwide progress technique and alternative there. Possibly may you simply speak in regards to the market dynamics in Europe and internationally in comparison with what you see within the U.S. for CID, similarities, variations and why now you’re feeling prefer it’s a superb time to maneuver internationally with CID?

Michael BenstockChief Government Officer

OK. CID has been promoting internationally even earlier than we bought them in 2018 on a really small scale, largely in South America. Slightly little bit of enterprise in Europe and somewhat little bit of enterprise in Australia. That has elevated as time has gone on, once more, little or no effort or little or no advertising and marketing on our half.

Although there’s demand in all of these markets for trend scrub merchandise. I feel scrub perhaps they weren’t at all times ubiquitous, however healthcare employees around the globe, that’s what they’re sporting in the present day, they usually need trend scrubs. Very acutely aware of that healthcare employees are in brief provide everywhere in the world. And customarily, healthcare employees make greater than their friends and may afford trend scrubs.

And even when hospital provide scrubs, oftentimes, nurses are taking them house relying on the nation to launder them. So it is actually a combination. It’s extremely completely different by nation. What we discover is there is a sure consistency throughout Europe.

And we have been promoting in some CID WonderWink product almost into each nation in Europe with a single retailer right here or a dealer there, generally with a center particular person in between us. However the factor that has prevented us from actually rising that dynamic is having product on the bottom in Europe. After getting product on the bottom in Europe, you’ll be able to ship throughout most borders very, very freely. There is not any duties between these borders.

When you may have merchandise sitting in Texas, and you have to ship it to Europe or you have to ship to South America, you are confronted with how do you value that, you have already paid obligation on america. In fact, you will get obligation drawbacks and get a few of that obligation again everytime you’re transport it to a different nation, they usually’re paying duties, logistics prices are very costly for smaller containers to ship to these nations. So we did resolve that we had been going to place the logical place can be a third-party location in Poland. It is central to the nations that we wish to promote.

It is develop into a gateway for distribution to different components. For us, it is — I might say it is past the experimental stage. It is — we’re making a robust dedication to Europe. We now have even final 12 months, had consultants working for us to assist us make sure that we’re making the appropriate strikes in Europe, and these are individuals who have helped different firms within the area, develop their profile in Europe.

And we simply assume that the WonderWink product is — the materials are nice, the styling is fabulous. It is nothing that makes it a uniquely American product. It is a common product that may be worn by all caregivers around the globe. And so we’re doing it as a result of the product’s good and and since we will and why ought to we go away that market to our opponents.

A few of our opponents have already entered Europe in an enormous means lengthy earlier than we did. And we count on to have the ability to take market share from them in addition to a number of the native individuals producing in these nations.

Kevin SteinkeBarrington Analysis — Analyst

OK. Yeah, that is useful. Do you may have the — your opponents who’ve already moved into Europe, have they got that very same sort of differentiation when it comes to the style, match, consolation, and so on., that the CID merchandise carry? Or do you sort of really feel like you may have some differentiation or first-mover benefit from that perspective?

Michael BenstockChief Government Officer

No. I feel we had — I feel they’ve the identical benefit that we’ve. I imply these are the identical individuals we compete with in america. A lot of them are nice firms, they do a superb job.

We’re continually attempting to outdo one another from a product standpoint. Apart from the INDY line, which is completely distinctive, apart from a number of the channels we would sell-through that they do not, our product definitely is not the identical. We do every little thing we will to see that our product is exclusive or else why would any person purchase it in a store or on-line. So I feel we’re — it is a stage enjoying subject.

I do not assume they’ve a terrific benefit over us besides getting there first. And fairly frankly, a few of these firms have been in enterprise 20 years and began in america first, too. We — CID has took a number of market share from them in america. We intend to do the identical factor in Europe.

Kevin SteinkeBarrington Analysis — Analyst

OK. Nice. And you then referenced your new partnership or — sure. I assume it is the WonderWink partnership with SanMar Company.

It looks as if it is a channel you are enthusiastic about. So are you able to simply speak somewhat bit extra about that? And are there comparable sorts of alternatives within the pipeline that you simply see?

Michael BenstockChief Government Officer

There are — we’re continually working to develop into as omnichannel as we will whereas persevering with to assist our retail base of consumers. And so SanMar was an enormous win for us. We have been engaged on that for a very long time in collaboration with them, ensuring we’ve the appropriate merchandise. So they might take huge stock positions to have the ability to service what is basically your complete United States and 21,000 plus opponents.

And people opponents, you perceive, are largely promotional product firms who would possibly promote into medical doctors’ practices and dental practices and so forth. That truly compete with BAMKO apparently. The strains are getting fairly blurred between all these firms when it comes to who’s the provider and who’s not. However SanMar might be the — is essentially the most extremely regarded buyer servicing that business with attire and have a really multi-inch thick catalog that primarily most likely 20 — most likely 100,000 salespeople in america walk-in to their clients with to point out them completely different attire.

And now there will be some pages allotted to wash attire in our attire. In order that they made the announcement to their gross sales power again in December. They did a press launch final month. We’re very enthusiastic about it.

It opens up a complete new world for us. We now have a multiyear commitments from them. We predict we’ll — it will flip into some — and fairly frankly, we consider it is additive to what we’re already doing. We consider ultimately, will probably be — it’ll assist all of the efforts that we’re placing into our advertising and marketing, and we’ll assist assist them as effectively.

However no, it is an thrilling channel for us. They usually’re good enterprise individuals, they usually made the appropriate selection, selecting us to be their accomplice.

Kevin SteinkeBarrington Analysis — Analyst

OK. Unbelievable. I am simply attempting to place some items collectively right here. So it is fascinating to speak about SanMarch after which the worldwide growth for CID.

After which as you talked about, the WonderWink transferring into the laundry channel. I noticed the announcement that you simply referenced there, it is public data. UniFirst had that press launch out about their partnership with WonderWink. However frankly, I am excited by speaking about all this or extra about this as a result of I had somewhat little bit of pushback from traders put up your final name, considering that, that 12% natural progress goal you place on the market for Uniform appeared aggressive, but it surely feels like some of these alternatives or new channel companions, and so on., that you simply’re including are — actually are what — is what is going on to sort of construct as much as that means to develop 12%.

So any extra colour on that? Or the way you sort of construct as much as that focused progress price that you simply put on the market?

Michael BenstockChief Government Officer

Certain. Effectively, we felt fairly assured in a number of these alternatives on the final earnings name and our progress projections, took that under consideration, though the bulletins hadn’t been made but. So sure, this has been taken under consideration in our final progress projections, each of these alternatives in addition to our bigger entrée into the remainder of the world, notably Europe, we’re very enthusiastic about it. I hope we will come to future earnings calls giving higher steerage.

However for that, we really feel very snug with the steerage we have given. And we are usually conservative in nature. Individuals know that about us. We would not put out a 12% progress quantity until we felt fairly assured about it.

I feel you’ll be able to see that we have normally exceeded expectations of the market over the previous few years. So we hope to proceed to do this.

Kevin SteinkeBarrington Analysis — Analyst

Nice. That is useful. You probably did point out briefly there are some lighter RFP exercise on the HPI aspect of the uniform enterprise. Are you able to simply make clear, was that for the nonessential buyer set or was that simply sort of throughout the board? And perhaps somewhat extra of what is going on on there? I do know you mentioned you anticipated it to select up.

However simply any extra colour on that.

Michael BenstockChief Government Officer

Certain. The important aspect of the enterprise is so busy proper now, they don’t seem to be worrying. They’re simply shopping for uniforms, and we have seen some extension of some contracts. Very pleased to get these extensions reasonably than going to every kind of redesigns proper now.

And we’re not seeing the important aspect doing an incredible RFP exercise proper now. I feel they’re centered on completely different facets of the enterprise of attempting to service their clients and attempting to reconfirm themselves, whether or not it is — even on the nonessential aspect, I imply, what we see in fast service eating places, as an example, is that they’re all attempting to determine the best way to make their takeout extra environment friendly and the best way to make their whenever you pull as much as a window, drive-in extra environment friendly and the best way to scale their enterprise to allow them to make higher use of the massive area they’ve that no one is consuming inside. So it is sort of a humorous time. We’re simply not seeing the RFP exercise.

It is not on the market. I am not saying it is not on the market in any respect. It is simply on the market to a a lot lesser diploma. I feel a number of firms, particularly on the nonessential aspect, Kevin, are board remains to be anxious about survival, have been anxious about survival, grateful for what they received in PPP cash, however nonetheless attempting to determine what they’ll be when that is throughout.

And first of thoughts isn’t — entrance of thoughts isn’t uniforms. It is positive. We now have uniform applications with them. We’ll doubtless get extensions of contracts past the preliminary intervals that we’re in or the — some — in some instances, we’re within the 10th extension of some contracts.

However — and that is positive with us. I might reasonably have clients recommit for a couple of extra years that we’re already doing enterprise with, then chase clients who we cannot see any enterprise for the following 12 months and a half or two years within the regular cycle. So we do count on that as extra individuals get vaccinated, as extra persons are allowed to return again to companies, to eating places and other people begin purchasing once more, in malls and so forth, issues get somewhat bit again to regular, perhaps by no means what they had been, however extra again to regular, that we are going to see RFP exercise. We have seen, after we’ve come out of recession on this nation prior to now, an unimaginable elevate in advertising and marketing {dollars} spent, and that advantages BAMKO for certain.

They usually’ve seen the identical factor. And that has benefited us prior to now. We got here out of the recession in 2009, and I imply, you would see our numbers. I spoke to them truly in my script right here in the present day.

Lots of people are spending advertising and marketing {dollars}. And one of many issues they wished to do was rebrand. And so we count on after we come out of this, will probably be fairly strong, perhaps extra strong than ever. We have by no means — even a recession has by no means impacted a rustic the best way this pandemic has.

So we count on individuals to wish to give their staff a elevate, need their clients to view them otherwise to attempt to rebrand themselves. All of it matches collectively. However it’s considerably delayed. I am not anxious about it as a result of so long as the pandemic continues, even at a diminishing stage, we’ll proceed to promote the important companies what they want and a modicum of PPE as effectively.

So we — nothing’s modified with respect to our steerage that we gave with our Uniform enterprise for this 12 months and our general enterprise for this 12 months.

Kevin SteinkeBarrington Analysis — Analyst

OK. Unbelievable. I assume, I wished to maneuver on to BAMKO and also you spoke in regards to the 11% progress in conventional promo merchandise in 2020 whereas the business is down 25% to 30%. You talked about BAMKO being much less event-based, however perhaps extra colour on what’s permitting you to outperform the business so considerably? Is it simply your — the general monetary power, your means to customise provide chain? I assume it’d most likely be somewhat little bit of every little thing, however simply perhaps converse to that extra when it comes to conventional promo merchandise and the general power there?

Michael BenstockChief Government Officer

I will let Jake reply. Jake, you are on the decision, and Jake runs our gross sales and operations and CFO of BAMKO. He is the Jake of all trades. So go forward, Jake.

Jake HimelsteinChief Working Officer and Chief Monetary Officer, Promotional Merchandise

And good speaking to you once more, Kevin. So sure, I feel whenever you have a look at our business within the promotional merchandise section, there’s 21,000 firms, lots of that are actually small and wrestle by means of one thing like COVID. I discussed it earlier than, down 30% in 2020 over the prior 12 months. I imply the reality is we’re capable of capitalize on alternatives that our opponents cannot do.

We pivot faster, we’re diversified in our provide base. And a number of our opponents have been held up by PPP loans, some minor PPE gross sales. When these dry up, they might not be round, and we’re there to select up the items. And we have been very profitable.

I imply 80% of the PPE we bought was to noncustomers. And of that, we transformed 30% of them to promo clients. We proceed to work with these clients to seek out extra alternatives to penetrate and get their promotional product enterprise. So we’re seeing the power to do this.

And all of it stems from being agile, having boots on the bottom, forward-thinking and being forward of the remainder of the business. And we’re actually like the place we’re positioned going ahead right here for 2021 and past.

Kevin SteinkeBarrington Analysis — Analyst

Nice. Additionally, as regards to BAMKO, you spoke notably about worker gifting being a profit to progress within the fourth quarter, and also you made the Items By Design acquisition. So what is the pattern you are seeing there? What’s enticing about that exact area of interest that you simply noticed progress in and that you simply’re investing in by means of this current acquisition?

Jake HimelsteinChief Working Officer and Chief Monetary Officer, Promotional Merchandise

Yeah. We have at all times accomplished worker gifting all through our historical past of BAMKO. We have at all times accomplished at-home gifting or in-office gifting, acquisition applications for patrons. It simply wasn’t a core focus, and it was one thing we did when clients would ask, hey, make us an worker retention program that speaks to our worker base.

We do it however this makes us considerably stronger on the worker and buyer engagement aspect of the enterprise. Reward by Design works with an enormous buyer base of blue-chip firms that we did not have entry to earlier than and the power to promote into these clients and sort of know the converse and be capable to stroll the stroll and speak to speak about worker gifting and buyer engagement applications. And we do not count on this to go away rapidly, proper? None of us actually know what occurs with the work-at-home mannequin going ahead. However what we do know is {that a} substantial portion of staff are going to proceed to work from home put up pandemic.

And we wish to be there to capitalize on that. And we’ve shipped extra at-home or direct-to-home items most likely within the month of December than we did in all of 2019 mixed. It is phenomenal, the necessity and want for us to attach with staff. And as Michael mentioned, popping out of pandemic, popping out of a recession, they’ll wish to do this an increasing number of.

They received to maintain staff. They wish to hook up with them. They wish to preserve their individuals engaged.

Kevin SteinkeBarrington Analysis — Analyst

Sure. That is actually fascinating. OK. Nice.

OK. So that you talked about M&A exercise is strong. You talked about that the current shelf registration. So are you seeing bigger acquisition alternatives within the pipeline that may necessitate maybe elevating capital? Or is that this to be ready on all fronts? What is the dimension of the alternatives you are seeing within the pipeline? I assume I am placing lots in there, however I simply wish to get extra perspective on the strong nature of the M&A pipeline and the dimensions of candidates you are seeing?

Michael BenstockChief Government Officer

There are a number of firms on the market. There’s a number of firms on the market in all markets. Through the pandemic, we have had an opportunity to take a look at many. And fairly frankly, a few of them had been in such bother that it actually wasn’t fascinating to us.

A few of them the one revenue they made or the one means they had been capable of preserve their enterprise even open to promote it was as a result of they acquired PPP cash. There’s all sizes on the market, Kevin. I might say starting from most likely — we do not look that low. We have a tendency to attract sort of a line within the sand at about $10 million.

Even that is somewhat bit small for us. Except it brings us one thing — from a standpoint of one thing it does that we do not presently do or has actually nice those who we will carry into our group to assist develop your complete enterprise, all the best way as much as $100 million. There aren’t that many $100 million promo firms. Fairly frankly, there aren’t that many $100 million uniform firms, however there are a couple of, and a few of them have gotten in bother.

A few of them are simply fed up. Simply — this pandemic has taken a toll on individuals. We’re fortunate. We have been energized, and we have moved ahead.

And the group has accomplished an unimaginable job. In all probability by no means labored tougher. It is by no means had extra enjoyable doing it. And through the time when it was — from a household standpoint, it is about devastating for everyone.

So it is — we predict we’re in a novel place with all of our methods in place now with most of our — effectively, all of our integration is finished, we’re increasing our warehouses, however our integrations are accomplished, to be an incredible platform in every of our companies, that features the decision middle enterprise. No, name middle enterprise is a reasonably small enterprise to start with. So perhaps their threshold is one thing beneath $10 million. However we’ve checked out companies, and we are going to proceed to take a look at companies that we really feel add worth or get us into an area that we’re not presently in.

Kevin SteinkeBarrington Analysis — Analyst

OK. That is useful. That is extra of a numbers query right here. However on the final name, you had talked about that perhaps capex can be somewhat decrease than you thought in 2020, round $Eight million, and also you got here in near that $12 million mark.

So did you simply have some catch-up there or timing-wise, you are capable of speed up issues somewhat extra. I do know you are searching for a ramp-up subsequent 12 months, however perhaps simply speak somewhat bit extra about capex this 12 months and subsequent?

Andy DemottChief Working Officer

Yeah. Kevin, I imply, there have been a few issues that we ended up including in late within the 12 months. Michael talked about the third facility in Haiti. We’re preparing on that on what primarily is a pay as you go lease however does run by means of capital expenditures.

We additionally invested within the robotics in Dallas, which, primarily based on the very fast payback we get off of that, it was of the undertaking that we purchased to us and made sense so as to add in. And earlier within the 12 months, we actually did take a really cautious perspective on capex and slowed issues down somewhat bit, however that was all actually pre — our very profitable pivot to PPE, and we actually noticed it as a possibility to get a head begin on some issues that can have very good paybacks for us going ahead.

Kevin SteinkeBarrington Analysis — Analyst

OK. Nice. And lastly, I simply wished to ask about, Michael, you had been speaking a bit about — on the finish there about simply bringing in new administration and expertise as you actually scale up right here and the enterprise is de facto ramping up. What is the surroundings like for locating good administration and expertise? I do know we’re nonetheless in a labor market recession, however are you seeing wholesome pipeline from that perspective as effectively as a result of I do know that is an vital facet of the enterprise that is perhaps not talked about as a lot.

So any ideas there can be useful.

Michael BenstockChief Government Officer

Yup. We’re already — we’re doubling, greater than doubling our recruiting division. Sure, I imply, the best factor is it is a recruiting wealthy surroundings in the present day as a result of a number of the paradigms of yesterday that any person needed to dwell close to the workplace as a result of they had been going to return within the workplace each single day are gone. We all know that we will proceed to make money working from home.

We all know that — we do need individuals in our workplaces, however they do not should be there day-after-day. And a few individuals do not should be there in any respect. The place groups have to collaborate like design and product improvement or advertising and marketing and design, they want a while collectively within the workplace, however they do not want all their time collectively within the workplace. That opens up a reasonably wealthy goal surroundings for us of people that, initially, our status on BAMKO and in our uniform enterprise may be very, very sturdy.

So if any person comes out of the promotional enterprise or comes out of the uniform enterprise, even out of the attire enterprise and even out of the availability aspect of the promotional enterprise with all of the completely different suppliers which might be — that offer to firms like BAMKO, distributors like BAMKO, these are nice candidates for us. If I am searching for any person in undertaking administration, they do not need to be in Seminole, Florida or Coppell, Texas. They are often wherever. They are often wherever within the U.S.

and fairly frankly, a number of them might be wherever on the earth. BAMKO has confirmed that mannequin through the years with their India and China workplace as we’ve it in El Salvador. What we wish is the most effective expertise we will discover wherever to work for us. And fairly frankly, a number of these individuals do not have the alternatives domestically wherever they might dwell can be very pleased to return work for us.

So we predict it is a target-rich surroundings. There’s lots of people are employed proper now. Nice individuals normally aren’t unemployed very lengthy. So we’ll need to exit and actively recruit nice individuals.

However they’re on the market. And we predict we have an terrible lot to promote after we’re pitching them on our firm.

Kevin SteinkeBarrington Analysis — Analyst

OK, thanks and congratulations on the nice ends in 2020 in such a troublesome surroundings and in addition congratulations in your 100 years in enterprise.

Andy DemottChief Working Officer

Yeah. Kevin, I do wish to make clear one factor, simply so all people understands. When Michael talked about our steerage and nothing having modified, within the third quarter, the steerage we had given was that we count on in 2021 to be about $450 million. Based mostly on what we had in PPE orders that we already knew of at that time, we actually had been giving the bottom enterprise.

As Michael talked about earlier, we’re persevering with to ebook pretty important PPE enterprise as we go ahead. And when he mentioned nothing had modified, I did wish to make clear the half about that with the acquisition of Items By Design, that was not one thing that we had contemplated into that $450 million quantity. So that may be additive to that quantity. However then going ahead, it will be throughout the natural progress comparable vary to what we have throughout the remainder of the promo enterprise.

Kevin SteinkeBarrington Analysis — Analyst

OK. So the bottom remains to be $450 million and simply layering on Items By Design. How sizable is that roughly?

Andy DemottChief Working Officer

It is about $1.5 million run price per thirty days.

Kevin SteinkeBarrington Analysis — Analyst

OK. OK. And we’re nonetheless utilizing the $450 million as the ground plus the Items By Design.

Andy DemottChief Working Officer

Plus Items By Design plus extra PPE as we ebook it. I imply we did — we solely — we’re considering what we knew about at that time. And so we actually cannot gauge how lengthy the pandemic and the demand for that disaster PPE goes to final. So we wished to present a sensible foundation with out that, and that is all additive to it.

Kevin SteinkeBarrington Analysis — Analyst

OK, received it. All proper. Thanks.

Andy DemottChief Working Officer

OK. Thanks very a lot. All proper.

Operator

[Operator instructions] And it appears to be like like we’ve no additional questions. So this concludes our question-and-answer session. I’d now like to show the convention again over to Michael Benstock for any closing remarks.

Michael BenstockChief Government Officer

Thanks all for becoming a member of us in the present day. It is at all times nice to be with you and report nice outcomes. We hope we sit up for reporting sturdy working ends in Q1. See you then.

Operator

[Operator signoff]

Period: 66 minutes

Name members:

Hala ElsherbiniSenior Managing Director

Michael BenstockChief Government Officer

Jake HimelsteinChief Working Officer and Chief Monetary Officer, Promotional Merchandise

Andy DemottChief Working Officer

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