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Exhibit 99.1
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Xcel Brands, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2018 Results

March 28, 2019

Fourth Quarter Total Revenues of $9.9 Million, up 42% from the Prior Year Quarter,
Full Year Total Revenues of $35.5 Million, up 12% from Prior Year, and
On February 12, 2019 Xcel Acquired the Halston and Halston Heritage Trademarks

NEW YORK, March 28, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Xcel Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ: XELB) (“Xcel” or the “Company”), a media and consumer products company, today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2018.

Robert W. D'Loren, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Xcel commented, “Fiscal year 2018 was a transformative year for us as our fourth quarter and full year results saw a marked improvement in total revenues, operating income and GAAP net income (loss) from the prior year quarter. We continue to experience positive momentum across our multiple channels of distribution, including expanding our wholesale and direct to consumer businesses. I am pleased by our results and the direction we are heading.”

Fourth Quarter 2018 Financial Results

Total revenue for the fourth quarter of 2018 was $9.9 million, a net increase of $2.9 million over the prior year quarter, primarily driven by sales from the Company’s Judith Ripka Fine Jewelry wholesale and e-commerce operations and wholesale apparel operations. Net revenue for the fourth quarter of 2018 increased $0.9 million to $7.9 million from $7.0 million in the prior year primarily attributable to net margin from wholesale and e-commerce sales.

GAAP net loss was approximately $0.3 million for the fourth quarter, or ($0.02), per basic and diluted share, compared with a GAAP net loss of $10.2 million, or ($0.55) per basic and diluted share, for the prior year quarter. The current quarter’s net loss includes a $0.8 million non-recurring facility exit charge relating to the Company’s prior office and operating facility. The prior year’s net loss includes a goodwill charge of $12.4 million. After adjusting for certain cash and non-cash items, non-GAAP net income for the quarters ended December 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, was approximately $0.9 million, or $0.05 per diluted share and approximately $0.7 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, respectively.

Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2018 was up $0.3 million to approximately $1.7 million, compared to approximately $1.4 million in the prior year quarter.

Full Year December 31, 2018 Financial Results

Total revenue for the year ended December 31, 2018 was $35.5 million, an increase of $3.8 million or 12% over the prior year. The increase in total revenue for the current year was primarily attributable to sales from the Company’s Judith Ripka Fine Jewelry wholesale and e-commerce operations and wholesale apparel operations. Net revenue for the year ended December 31, 2018 increased $1.1 million to $32.8 million from $31.7 million in the prior year. This increase was primarily attributable to net margin from wholesale and e-commerce sales.

GAAP net income was approximately $1.1 million for the current year, or $0.06 per basic and diluted share, an increase of $11.2 million, or $0.61 per basic and diluted share from the prior year’s net loss. After adjusting for certain cash and non-cash items, non-GAAP net income for the year ended December 31, 2018 was up 12% to approximately $5.5 million, and non-GAAP earnings per share was up 15% to $0.30 per diluted share, compared with $4.9 million, or $0.26 per diluted share in the prior year.

Adjusted EBITDA for the year ended December 31, 2018 was up $0.4 million to approximately $8.4 million, compared to approximately $8.0 million in prior year.

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The following information was filed by Xcel Brands, Inc. (XELB) on Monday, April 1, 2019 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-K Annual Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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