Exhibit 99.1

Wilhelmina International, Inc. Reports Revenue for First Quarter 2017

First Quarter Financial Highlights

  • Revenues for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017 were $19.2 million, a decrease of 10.6% from the same period prior year.
  • Operating income was $101 thousand, an increase of 3.1% for the first quarter ended in March 31, 2017 compared to the same period of the prior year.
  • Net income increased to $9 thousand for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017 compared to a net loss of $124 thousand in the same period of the prior year.
  • EBITDA increased 58.0% to $267 thousand for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017 compared to $169 thousand in the same period of the prior year.
  • Pre-Corporate EBITDA decreased by 33.2% to $0.8 million for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017 as compared to $1.2 million in the same period in prior year.
(in thousands)   Q1 17
Q1 16
Total Revenues   $   19,151$  21,417 (10.6%)
Operating Income    101 98 3.1%
Income Before Provision for Taxes    21 65 (67.7%)
Net Income (Loss)    9 (124)*
EBITDA**      267 169 58.0%
Adjusted EBITDA**      442   887 (50.2%)
Pre-Corporate EBITDA**    788 1,180 (33.2%)
*Not meaningful.  **Non-GAAP measures referenced are detailed in the disclosures at the end of this release.

DALLAS, May 12, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Wilhelmina International, Inc. (Nasdaq:WHLM) ("Wilhelmina" or the "Company") today reported revenues for the first quarter of 2017 ended March 31, 2017 of $19.2 million compared to $21.4 million for the first quarter of 2016. (See Quarterly Financial Highlights table). The decrease in revenues was primarily due to a decrease in core modeling business that was partially offset by an increase in London and Chicago. Adjusted EBITDA and Pre-Corporate EBITDA decreased primarily as a result of lower revenue net of model costs in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the prior year.

Mark Schwarz, Executive Chairman of Wilhelmina, said, “Our customers with retail driven revenues are facing dramatic pressures which appear to be adversely impacting our revenues.  Despite improved cost disciplines and lower legal expenses, we did not meet our expectations for this quarter’s financial results.”

William Wackermann, Chief Executive Officer of Wilhelmina, said, “I am proud that Wilhelmina returned to profitability in the first quarter of 2017 despite the challenges that our clients in the retail and fashion landscape are experiencing.  As we celebrate Wilhelmina’s 50th Anniversary year, we are working hard to best serve our talent and clients every day.”

Financial Results

Net income was $9 thousand for the three months ended March 31, 2017 or $0.00 per fully diluted share, compared to net loss of $0.1 million, or loss of $0.02 per fully diluted share, for the three months ended March 31, 2016.

Pre-Corporate EBITDA was $0.8 million and $1.2 million for the three months ended both March 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively

The following table reconciles reported net income under generally accepted accounting principles to EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Pre-Corporate EBITDA for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016.

(in thousands)Three months ended
March 31,
    2017 2016 
Net income (Loss)  $  9$   (124)
Interest expense    29 - 
Income tax expense   12 189 
Amortization and depreciation   217 104 
EBITDA  $   267$ 169 
Foreign exchange (gain) loss   22 (4)
Loss from unconsolidated affiliate   29 37 
Share-based payment expense   124 77 
Certain non-recurring items   - 608 
Adjusted EBITDA    $   442$   887 
Corporate overhead   346 293 
Pre-Corporate EBITDA    $ 788$   1,180 

Changes in net income, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Pre-Corporate EBITDA for the three months ended March 31, 2017, when compared to the three months ended March 31, 2016, were primarily the result of the following:

  • Revenues net of model costs decreased by 10.6% primarily due to a decrease in core model bookings during the first three months of 2017;
  • Salaries and service costs decreased by 13.2% for the three months ended in March 31, 2017 primarily due to severance paid to the Company’s former Chief Executive Officer and another employee in 2016 and more effective management of travel and entertainment expenses;
  • Office and general expenses decreased by 29.1% for the first three months of 2017, primarily due to $165 thousand related to the recruiting of the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and $160 thousand of non-income tax expenses that were incurred during the three months ended March 31, 2016;
  • Amortization and depreciation expense increased by 108.7% for the three months ended March 31, 2017, primarily due to the Company’s accounting and reporting software being put in service during the fourth quarter of 2016; and
  • Corporate overhead expenses increased 18.1% for the three months ended March 31, 2017, primarily due to increased legal services and travel costs.
(In thousands, except share data) 
  March 31,
  December 31,
Current assets:     
  Cash and cash equivalents $3,897   $5,688 
  Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $1,796 and $1,646, respectively  18,485    16,947 
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets  347    847 
  Total current assets  22,729    23,482 
Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $1,721 and $1,525, respectively  3,264    3,206 
Trademarks and trade names with indefinite lives  8,467    8,467 
Other intangibles with finite lives, net of accumulated amortization of $8,548 and $8,527 respectively  189    210 
Goodwill  13,192    13,192 
Other assets  125    164 
TOTAL ASSETS $47,966   $48,721 
Current liabilities:       
  Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $3,702   $4,781 
  Due to models  14,630    14,217 
  Contingent consideration to seller - current  -    97 
  Term loan - current  507    502 
  Total current liabilities  18,839    19,597 
Long term liabilities:       
  Deferred income tax liability  1,521    1,567 
  Term loan - non-current  2,018    2,147 
  Total long-term liabilities  3,539    3,714 
Total liabilities  22,378    23,311 
Shareholders’ equity:       
  Preferred stock, $0.01 par value, 10,000,000 shares authorized; none issued  -    - 
  Common stock, $0.01 par value, 12,500,000 shares authorized; 6,472,038 shares issued at       
  March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016  65    65 
  Treasury stock, 1,090,370 at March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016, at cost  (4,893)   (4,893)
  Additional paid-in capital  87,460    87,336 
  Accumulated deficit  (57,039)   (57,048)
  Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (5)   (50)
Total shareholders’ equity  25,588    25,410 


For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2017 and 2016
(In thousands, except per share data)
   Three Months Ended
March 31,
  2017 2016
Service revenues $19,123  $21,390 
License fees and other income  28   27 
Total revenues  19,151   21,417 
Model costs  13,699   15,109 
Revenues net of model costs  5,452   6,308 
Operating expenses:      
Salaries and service costs  3,636   4,189 
Office and general expenses  1,152   1,624 
Amortization and depreciation  217   104 
Corporate overhead  346   293 
Total operating expenses  5,351   6,210 
Operating income  101   98 
Other income (expense):      
Foreign exchange gain (loss)  (22)  4 
Interest expense  (29)  - 
Loss from unconsolidated affiliate  (29)  (37)
Total other expense  (80)  (33)
Income before provision for income taxes  21   65 
Provision for income taxes: (expense) benefit:      
Current   (60)  (13)
Deferred  48   (176)
Income tax expense  (12)  (189)
Net income (loss) $9  $(124)
Other comprehensive income:      
Foreign currency translation income  45   (15)
Total comprehensive income (loss) 54  $(139)
Basic income (loss) per common share $0.00  $(0.02)
Diluted income (loss) per common share $0.00  $(0.02)
Weighted average common shares outstanding-basic  5,382   5,844 
Weighted average common shares outstanding-diluted  5,399   5,844 

For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2017 and 2016
(In thousands)
  Three Months Ended
March 31,
  2017 2016
Cash flows from operating activities:    
Net income (loss): $9  $(124)
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash used in operating activities:      
Amortization and depreciation  217   104 
Share based payment expense  124   77 
Deferred income taxes  (46)  176 
Bad debt expense  38   - 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:      
Accounts receivable  (1,576)  (2,548)
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  500   (226)
Other assets  39   106 
Due to models  413   1,111 
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities  (1,079)  70 
Contingent liability to seller  (97)  - 
Net cash used by operating activities  (1,458)  (1,254)
Cash flows from investing activities:      
Purchases of property and equipment  (254)  (364)
Net cash used in investing activities  (254)  (364)
Cash flows from financing activities:      
Purchases of treasury stock  -   (45)
Repayment of term loan  (124)  - 
Net cash used in financing activities  (124)  (45)
Foreign currency effect on cash flows:  45   (15)
Net change in cash and cash equivalents:  (1,791)  (1,678)
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period  5,688   4,556 
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $3,897  $2,878 
Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:      
Cash paid for interest $29  $- 
Cash refund of income taxes $69  $- 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Pre-Corporate EBITDA represent measures of financial performance that are not calculated and presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“non-GAAP financial measures”). The Company considers EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Pre-Corporate EBITDA to be important measures of performance because they:

  • are key operating metrics of the Company's business;
  • are used by management in its planning and budgeting processes and to monitor and evaluate its financial and operating results; and
  • provide stockholders and potential investors with a means to evaluate the Company's financial and operating results against other companies within the Company's industry. 

The Company's calculation of non-GAAP financial measures may not be consistent with similar calculations by other companies in the Company's industry. The Company calculates EBITDA as net income plus interest expense, income tax expense, and depreciation and amortization expense.  The Company calculates “Adjusted EBITDA” as EBITDA plus foreign exchange gain/loss plus gain/loss from unconsolidated affiliate plus share-based payment expense and certain significant non-recurring items that the Company may include from time to time. The Company calculates “Pre-Corporate EBITDA” as Adjusted EBITDA plus corporate overhead expense, which includes director and executive officer compensation, legal, audit and professional fees, corporate office rent and travel.

Non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered as alternatives to net and operating income as an indicator of the Company's operating performance or cash flows from operating activities as a measure of liquidity or any other measure of performance derived in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.

Form 10-Q Filing

Additional information concerning the Company's results of operations and financial position is included in the Company's Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 12, 2017.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain “forward-looking” statements as such term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements relating to the Company are based on the beliefs of the Company’s management as well as information currently available to the Company’s management. When used in this report, the words “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect” and “intend” and words or phrases of similar import, as they relate to the Company or Company management, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements include, in particular, projections about the Company’s future results, statements about its plans, strategies, business prospects, changes and trends in its business and the markets in which it operates. Additionally, statements concerning future matters such as gross billing levels, revenue levels, expense levels, and other statements regarding matters that are not historical are forward-looking statements. Management cautions that these forward-looking statements relate to future events or the Company’s future financial performance and are subject to business, economic, and other risks and uncertainties, both known and unknown, that may cause actual results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements of its business or its industry to be materially different from those expressed or implied by any forward-looking statements. Should any one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should any underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described herein as anticipated, believed, estimated, expected or intended. The Company does not undertake any obligation to publicly update these forward-looking statements. As a result, no person should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.

About Wilhelmina International, Inc. (www.wilhelmina.com):

Wilhelmina, and its other subsidiaries, is an international full-service fashion model and talent management service, specializing in the representation and management of leading models, celebrities, artists, photographers, athletes, and content creators. Established in 1967 by fashion model Wilhelmina Cooper, Wilhelmina is one of the oldest and largest fashion model management companies in the world. Wilhelmina is publicly traded on Nasdaq under the symbol WHLM.  Wilhelmina is headquartered in New York and, since its founding, has grown to include operations in Los Angeles, Miami, London and Chicago. Wilhelmina also owns Aperture, a talent and commercial agency located in New York and Los Angeles. For more information, please visit www.wilhelmina.com and follow @WilhelminaModels. 

Investor Relations
Wilhelmina International, Inc.

The following information was filed by Wilhelmina International, Inc. (WHLM) on Friday, May 12, 2017 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-Q Quarterly Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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