Cherokee Inc. (NASDAQ:CHKE) Explodes On Credit Facility Amendment

Cherokee Inc. (NASDAQ:CHKE)

Shares of Cherokee Inc. (NASDAQ:CHKE) gained 52.6% after the global brand marketing company announced the amendment, subject to satisfaction of certain conditions, of its senior secured credit facility. The amendment relieves the company from the burden of having to issue approximately $5.5 million in additional common stock.

Cherokee Inc. (NASDAQ:CHKE)

Credit Facility Amendment

The Chief Executive Officer, Henry Stupp, expects the agreement to allow the company to focus on growing the business for the long term. An agreement with lenders also marks an important step as Cherokee moves to stabilize its balance sheet and sustain liquidity.

“Over the last several months, we’ve taken several actions to focus on our core business fundamentals and high-growth brand opportunities. As a result, we are focused on reducing operating expenses and improving cash flow. We’re comfortable with our financial position and confident in our ability to meet our existing obligations,” said Mr. Stupp.

The amendment erases the need to exercise rights under a Common Purchase Agreement dated August 11, 2017. Cherokee Inc. (NASDAQ:CHKE) has since canceled a special meeting for shareholders that was to take place on November 28, 2017, to discuss the issuance of common stock.

The signing of the credit agreement appears to have strengthened investors’ confidence in Cherokee Inc. (NASDAQ:CHKE), be it in the short term. The stock has come under pressure in recent months having already dropped to this year’s lows. Cherokee is currently trading in a downtrend after losing more than 70% in market value since the start of the year.

It awaits to be seen if the stock will continue to trade higher given the credit facility amendment will provide greater financial flexibility, in addition, you to eliminate the obligation to call equity commitments.

Management Appointment

Separately, Cherokee Inc. (NASDAQ:CHKE) has confirmed the appointment of Mark Conway as the Chief Brand and Revenue Officer. Mr. Conway is to oversee the company’s business development, strategic brand planning, e-commerce and marketing. He joins the company with more than 20 years of retail experience.

“Mark joins us at a critical time in our growth trajectory as we harness ongoing transformations in the retail landscape and complete the integration of our acquisition of Hi-Tec. Going forward, Mark will play a key leadership role as we increase the penetration of our brand portfolio in multiple channels and synergize our business units,” said Mr. Stupp.

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Cherokee Inc. (NASDAQ:CHKE)

Cherokee Inc. (NASDAQ:CHKE) Plunges On Q1 (-$3.3) Million Net Loss

Cherokee Inc. (NASDAQ:CHKE)

Shares of Cherokee Inc. (NASDAQ:CHKE) plunged to multi-year lows after the company reported a surprise first-quarter net loss. The stock was down 36.13% in Friday’s trading session, and ended the week at $4.95 a share, as investors questioned the company’s financial health after it failed to comply with certain credit facility covenants.

Q1 Net Loss

Cherokee Inc. (NASDAQ:CHKE) is a marketer and manager of a portfolio of fashion and lifestyle brands. The company also maintains license and franchise agreements with leading retailers and manufacturers in over 110 countries. Some of its notable brands include Liz Lange, Completely Me, Hawk and Tony Hawk. The company also performs a range of services that include solicitation of licensees, contract negotiations, and maintenance of licenses.

Investors continue to question the company’s growth prospects after it reported a first-quarter net loss of (-$3.3) million compared to a profit of $2.6 million in Q1 2017. Chief Executive Officer, Henry Stupp has sought to quash concerns by reiterating that 2018 has a solid start even with the massive loss.

“During the first quarter, we continued to make progress in diversifying our global points of distribution and building upon the relevance of our high-equity brands through category expansion and new format initiatives,” said Mr. Stupp.

Consolidated Revenues in the quarter totaled $11.1 million including royalty revenues of $6.8 million.

Revenue Growth Push

Cherokee Inc. (NASDAQ:CHKE)’s business model is more balanced than ever according to the Chief Executive Officer. The CEO expects 2018 revenue to be evenly split across brand, product, category, and geography going forward. Expanding the current distribution channel is top of the agenda as the company looks to generate a substantial amount of value during the back-to-school season.

The company is also working on expanding its domestic portfolio through the Tony Hawk brand. Cherokee has already inked deals with a number of US wholesale licensee expected to lead to more orders for Hawk orders starting this July.

Debt Refinancing Concerns

Compounding the stock’s woes on the Street after a Q1 net loss are reports Cherokee Inc. (NASDAQ:CHKE) failed to meet some of its financial obligations under the Cerberus Credit Facility. The company has confirmed it is in discussions with Cerberus as it seeks to amend the Credit Facility. Failure to reach an agreement and expiration of the Forbearance period would pave way for Cerberus to accelerate the debt.

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