PLBY Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:PLBY) This fall 2021 Earnings Convention Name March 1, 2022 5:00 PM ET

Firm Individuals

Ashley DeSimone – MD at ICR, IR

Ben Kohn – CEO

Ashley Kechter – President of International Shopper Items

Lance Barton – CFO

Convention Name Individuals

Alex Fuhrman – Craig Hallum

Jim Duffy – Stifel

George Kelly – ROTH Capital Companions

Austin Moldow – Canaccord

Brian Dobson – Chardan

Ashley DeSimone

Good afternoon, everybody and welcome to PLBY Group’s Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 12 months 2021 Earnings Convention Name. I am Ashley DeSimone, from ICR. Internet hosting in the present day’s name, are Ben Kohn, Chief Government Officer, Ashley Kechter, President of International Shopper Items, and Lance Barton, Chief Monetary Officer.

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I’ll now open the decision to Ben Kohn. Ben, please go forward.

Ben Kohn

Thanks, Ashley. And good afternoon everybody. 2021 was a stellar 12 months for the way forward for our firm. We went public, accomplished three acquisitions, which introduced in abilities we use for our enterprise transformation and employed some nice expertise. We achieved $96 million in income in This fall, and an unbelievable $247 million of income for the 12 months.

The patron demand for our manufacturers has by no means been larger. And we’re properly on our method to our objective of $600 million of shopper product income in 2025. You’ll be able to’t stroll down the streets of Los Angeles in New York in the present day with out seeing somebody carrying the Playboy emblem. And we imagine we may have simply surpassed the $100 million of income in This fall, if not for the COVID associated success challenges impacting each Yandy and Playboy Halloween gross sales and the influence of Honey Birdette, retail retailer closures in Australia from October into November.

This has been a troublesome working setting, one which precipitated us to continuously pivot due to provide chain and distribution points. One which prices us appreciable income because of provide chain points and disruptions to our workforce, and one which delayed the rollout of latest merchandise and shops. Regardless of this, we grew our income, increasing our owned and operated direct-to-consumer enterprise considerably, and grew our workforce from simply 130 Playboy workers two years in the past to over 1100 in the present day throughout the Playboy group or PLBY Group. Our group has now greater than 80% girls.

And our enterprise transformation is taking form as we transfer away from a licensing and a legacy media enterprise mannequin to that of a quick rising direct-to-consumer and digital product and companies enterprise designed for worthwhile long-term, sustainable and significant development. This 12 months, we’ll construct on an incredible momentum and assemble the items acquired final 12 months right into a sustainable and scalable basis that can permit us to additional speed up our income and revenue development in future years.

We’ll accomplish this by specializing in these two priorities in 2022. First, we’ll want sturdy shopper calls for by means of the continued enlargement of our direct-to-consumer enterprise by additional rising our owned and operated channels, realizing synergies between our manufacturers, together with ultimately aligning Yandy and Lovers across the Playboy manufacturers, consolidating operations in tech infrastructure, and persevering with the optimization of licensing.

And second, we’ll proceed to advance our digital enterprise to the complete construct out of CENTERFOLD and its integration with our different platforms, together with our NSE and Web3 initiatives. To focus the group on these priorities, I’ve simplified my reporting construction to usher in business veteran, Ashley Kechter to supervise all shopper merchandise together with our Playboy, Lovers, Yandy and Honey Birdette manufacturers in our licensing portfolio. Ashley joins us in January and brings a wealth of expertise to PLBY Group, having spent 15 years in the past, most lately working the Banana Republic Manufacturing facility omnichannel enterprise.

Previous to that she spent seven years at RH or Restoration {Hardware}, the place she drove fast development as a Chief Merchandising Officer and Chief Stock Officer, overseeing a number of launches of latest income and product strains in supporting a profitable IPO, with income tripling to $2.5 billion throughout her tenure. Ashley goes to share extra element about our shopper product targets for 2022 and key highlights from 2021. After which I am going to stroll you thru our digital targets. Ashley.

Ashley Kechter

Thanks, Ben. And hey, everybody. I am actually excited to be right here at this vital level in PLBY Group historical past and to capitalize on the unbelievable alternative to develop our shopper merchandise enterprise. As Ben talked about, the staff has completed an outstanding job and I have been capable of hit the bottom working to establish model synergies, operational effectivity, and development alternatives that can ship worth to our prospects and our shareholders.

Our DTC targets are oriented round development. This implies increasing our product line with a newly outlined shopping for course of, constructing out our merchandising perform, reworking the shopper expertise, and strategically increasing our brick and mortar retail presences.

To attain this, we’re consolidating and stabilizing our working platform. This consists of persevering with to construct our infrastructure and working mannequin throughout all of our manufacturers, Playboy, Yandy, Lovers and Honey Birdette and defining a function and place for every of them. With this framework, we’re establishing clear delineations between product choices and audiences that can solidify the function of every in our total portfolio, whereas holistically delivering on the identical pleasure looking for model values and life-style that PLBY Group manufacturers characterize. Primarily based on this work, we’ll set up every model function and product focus and can refine the product choices so as to improve effectivity, maximize income, and optimize promoting alternatives.

We may even proceed to concentrate on development alternatives within the U.S. and Europe for our owned and operated DTC enterprise with the strategic enlargement of Honey Birdette shops and plans to roll out new personal and operated shopper Playboy product strains, together with cosmetics and lingerie developed by the Honey Birdette staff. The timing of these launches is topic to the availability chain and when the required stock is available.

I’ve reviewed our world licensing portfolio and we’ll proceed the nice work already began to streamline our partnerships with those who ship a powerful ROI and drive secure worthwhile income and elevated model consciousness. Regardless of the licensing enterprise being impacted by COVID associated provide chain points our companions skilled, we closed 10 new licensing offers in 2021 together with two new fab in collaboration with EVA and OVO [ph] which is Drake’s October’s very personal label.

Whereas I have been targeted on our rapid and long-term technique, I’m additionally addressing some COVID associated stock and know-how challenges we confronted in This fall that negatively impacted our income. We had options in place to deal with the basis trigger and are establishing systemic security measures to keep away from any enterprise interruptions sooner or later. There’s lots of transformational work underway and I am enthusiastic about what we’ll accomplish collectively in 2022 and past.

With that mentioned, I’ll move it again to Ben.

Ben Kohn

Thanks, Ashley. It is nice to have you ever right here. Simply as we did hiring Ashley, we’re actively recruiting high tier know-how professionals to drive, elevate and innovate our digital services as we glance to the way forward for CENTERFOLD and past with our Web3 and NFT blockchain initiatives.

We designed our digital technique for our shoppers with the understanding that they need to have interaction with an skilled Playboy past merely shopping for our merchandise. Consequently, we now have a novel alternative to encompass our shoppers with a Playboy ecosystem, an immersive expertise designed to create a flywheel impact to drive engagement, loyalty, and mutual long-term worth for each the patron and our enterprise.

Customers can enter ecosystem at any level within the constantly product, content material, experiences and group. As we have mentioned in our earlier calls, nearly all of our shoppers come to us for bodily or digital shopper merchandise, whether or not it is clothes or entities, prospects can come to us as a result of they’ve an emotional reference to the model and they’re making a press release about who they’re and what they imagine in by associating with the Playboy life-style. That is why our owned and operated DTC licensing and NFT companies are so vital. Not solely do they drive predictable income and model consciousness, however in addition they present a straightforward and accessible entry level to our Playboy ecosystem.

As soon as shoppers have entered our ecosystem, they stick with us as a result of they need to have interaction with inexperienced manufacturers. Our social media channels alone, which achieved 1.5 billion natural shopper impressions final 12 months is a testomony to this. By leveraging the digital affinity of Gen-Z and millennials and their need for group, we are able to foster engagement and loyalty, optimize our lifetime worth potential throughout our manufacturers, and glean sturdy shopper information to constantly refine our buyer segments, journeys, and consumer expertise.

CENTERFOLD gives our shoppers with each the group they’re looking for, in addition to the brand new digital entry level to the Playboy ecosystem. We accelerated the launch of this creator led platform in beta mode in December, due to growing demand from creators to be related to Playboy of their need for a brand new platform to attach with their followers.

Total, the appear and feel of the platform has been very well acquired. And creator engagement has been excessive and is quickly approaching 1000 verified creators on the platform. And we now have a waitlist that’s multiples of that far exceeding our expectations for this beta part. As well as, we’re actually inspired by the excessive quantity of natural site visitors to the platform, which has already surpassed or excessive site visitors It confirms our thesis concerning the significance of Senecal is a key entry level to the Playboy ecosystem, and what which means for the highest of the funnel sooner or later.

Additionally, throughout the beta part, we constructed out a sturdy advertising roadmap, together with creator launchers and promotions, and search engine optimisation and SEM methods. And we’re within the technique of incorporating the suggestions from our founding creators, and we’ll be turning on new options and enhancing the income monetization element in coming months.

An instance of the brand new performance is the flexibility to livestream as you might have seen from Cardi B’s dwell session with our followers on February 18. As you understand, we introduced on Cardi B late final 12 months as our founding inventive director in residence to assist us appeal to new creators in audiences and to have interaction model loyalists.

Cardi B’s first posts about CENTERFOLD have been to ask her followers what creators they need to see on the platform. And of their first dwell stream, Cardi B piece of reports that she has secured her first expertise for Playboy and that she can be directing each facet of that photoshoot in her new function with us. I can not wait to share extra about who Cardi B is recruiting.

Along with Cardi B’s new expertise for CENTERFOLD, and the addition of Mia Khalifa, who was lately introduced, we’re within the technique of onboarding a gradual stream of latest creators in various city verticals throughout music, artwork, style, comedy and gaming within the months forward, you will be listening to much more about who’s becoming a member of CENTERFOLD as we transfer out of the database and absolutely activate the platform.

As we proceed to construct out this Playboy ecosystem, we’re investing in absolutely integrating and unifying our know-how throughout our enterprise as we proceed to scale as a public firm. It will permit us to align the enterprise round sure hero merchandise. In later this 12 months, we’ll discover methods to leverage Playboy Membership and Playboy TV into CENTERFOLD. It will yield larger focus internally enhanced the pace of product enhancements, as a result of we’re not supporting a number of merchandise and supply our creators with larger attain.

By a unified know-how, we can seize vital information given the direct relationships with our shopper. Whereas we’re within the very early levels of datafication, this perception can be extra worthwhile than ever given the latest modifications in privateness restrictions, and consumer monitoring and limitations. I need to shut by reiterating my pleasure about our nice momentum, sturdy demand for our manufacturers and the facility of the Playboy ecosystem to encompass and interact our shoppers. This distinctive enterprise mannequin and model transformation that I envision years in the past is solidifying, and I imagine it’s going to ship worth over the long-term with margins in contrast to different development drivers.

Now I am going to flip the decision over the Lance.

Lance Barton

Thanks Ben. The fourth quarter stored a 12 months of large development for the corporate with 12 months over 12 months income rising 107% and $95.7 million leading to $247 million of income for the complete 12 months. Maybe most significantly, our direct-to-consumer development accelerated within the fourth quarter. It was our greatest quarter but by way of direct-to-consumer income development, which was up 162% year-over-year to $62 million.

Playboy ecommerce continues to scale quickly. Income doubled from Q3 to This fall and grew an astounding 555% year-over-year as we discovered new methods to faucet into the surging demand we see for Playboy branded merchandise. For Halloween, we made the official Playboy bunny costume probably the most iconic and celebrated and acknowledged costumes on the earth, commercially obtainable to the general public for the primary time ever, it was an enormous success, we offered 1000s of items within the first few weeks of the quarter, website conversion charges doubled and we capitalize on all the natural search site visitors occurring for Playboy bunny costume phrases, and we have been capable of meet that demand with provide straight from us.

Prospects have been delighted to have the ability to buy the genuine go well with from us, and never some low-cost knockoff and paid between $150 and $180 for every costume. We additionally have been capable of upsell tight sneakers, jewellery and different magnificence merchandise to finish the complete search for the costume. Because the quarter progressed, noticed a tripling of conversion charges on Black Friday and vacation items in led to December being the very best gross sales month in historical past for Playboy ecom, beating even the large gross sales numbers we noticed in October and November.

At Honey Birdette, it started the quarter with half of their shops closed in Australia because of COVID, however as the federal government lifted restrictions in November, the enterprise began to rebound and managed to finish the 12 months sturdy producing $25 million of income within the fourth quarter. We proceed to see loads of alternative for development in each the U.S. and Europe, evidenced by the early success we have seen scaling our European ecommerce to over one million {dollars} in income after simply launching in September. And the truth that our greatest performing shops globally are already within the U.S., on common outperforming by 40% extra income per retailer than we see in Australia, with plans to open not less than 10 new shops this 12 months.

Yandy received off to an extremely sturdy begin in October and was on monitor for its highest income month ever. However sadly, we could not sustain with the demand for costumes and needed to shut down our Halloween operations per week sooner than anticipated, resulting in what we imagine was properly over $3 million in misplaced income for each Yandy and Playboy. Maybe most notably at Yandy is the truth that we proceed to have lots of success with our personal label Yandy and Playboy merchandise, one thing that we intend to proceed rising this 12 months and past.

Along with the power we noticed on the direct-to-consumer enterprise, fourth quarter income was bolstered from the profitable launch and subsequent secondary gross sales of our Rabbitar NFT assortment that we launched in late October.

Adjusted EBITDA was $14 million within the quarter and practically $32 million for the complete 12 months as we proceed to put money into constructing a unified backhand throughout all of our direct-to-consumer companies, and bear the elevated prices of being a public firm that did not influence us the 12 months prior. Our know-how, infrastructure and investments will proceed over the following 12 to 18 months, however as soon as we now have absolutely rolled out the implementation, we count on to contrive margin enlargement within the 2023 and past.

Just like different shopper companies within the fourth quarter, we proceed to expertise price inflation and COVID associated impacts throughout quite a few areas resembling labor, transport success, and buyer acquisition.

Our web loss within the quarter was largely pushed by a considerable amount of stock-based compensation and non-cash accounting changes. It is price calling out that our stock-based compensation expense was terribly excessive within the fourth quarter for a couple of causes. We previously granted efficiency based mostly restricted inventory awards, our points and choices that have been pursuant to employment agreements entered into in early 2021.

Although efficiency metrics on the PSUs have been achieved within the first half of the 12 months, and the RSUs and choices would have been granted across the time of our leaseback, these grants weren’t formally made till the fourth quarter. That is as a result of we needed to wait a minimal of 60 days earlier than we may put our Type F-8 registration on file. And it additionally took us a couple of quarters to get our fairness plan administration techniques up and working.

It was additionally pushed greater as a result of SPCs expensed based mostly on the truthful worth of the grants on the date of grant. And on the time, most of those grants have been made, our inventory was buying and selling at near $30 per share. The enterprise was money circulate optimistic within the quarter and we ended with round $75 million money and equivalents on the steadiness sheet plus a further 1,800 of wealth that we generated from the sale of our Rabbitars which was price round $6.5 million as of 12/31.

Trying forward, we count on income in 2022 to be roughly $350 million for the 12 months, that is roughly 40% development over 2021. Just like final 12 months, most of this development ought to come from the continued enlargement of our direct-to-consumer companies, together with development and licensing income. And as CENTERFOLD scales we count on to see extra income contribution coming from it later within the 12 months.

When it comes to a quarterly breakdown of income, I count on the primary quarter to be roughly $68 million. And I anticipate the again — the 12 months to be again in weighted with round a 3rd of our full 12 months income coming within the fourth quarter. We count on adjusted EBITDA to be round $55 million for the 12 months, with EBITDA margin a lot decrease within the first half of the 12 months as we proceed to ramp investments the place income could lag and are available in a while. And just like this 12 months, the majority of EBITDA ought to come within the fourth quarter as our income rams.

I additionally need to remind everybody about our philosophy on monetary steering, which is to solely present an annual outlook initially of the 12 months in order that as an organization and administration staff, we are able to concentrate on our long-term objective of reaching $600 million of shopper product income and EBITDA margins about 25% by 2025 with out getting distracted by chasing quarterly outcomes. We have now no intention to supply an up to date outlook for the rest of this 12 months, until there’s a materials deviation to our acknowledged targets of $350 million of income and $55 million of EBITDA.

If there may be one widespread theme amongst what we’re seeing in each direct-to-consumer and licensing, it is the truth that demand for our branded merchandise each Playboy and Honey Birdette is extremely sturdy. We see it after we launch one thing like humorous costumes for Halloween, when our greatest performing objects on Yandy our Playboy collaboration, when Honey Birdette opens a brand new retailer on our E-commerce channel, and when a number of the largest Gen-Z streetwear retailers proceed to ship royalty overages due to stronger than anticipated gross sales of our branded merchandise.

These outcomes give us nice optimism, particularly given how properly the enterprise has executed regardless of ongoing macro headwinds. This 12 months, we will proceed to execute towards our technique of constructing out our direct-to-consumer enterprise, and develop progressive methods to monetize our IP by way of by constructing out a scale digital platform.

This technique takes funding and time as we reposition the corporate to seize all this shopper demand. However we imagine these investments will finally ship an extended runway of more and more worthwhile development within the coming years.

With that, I might just like the operator to open the road for questions.

Query-and-Reply Session


[Operator Instructions] Our first query comes from Alex Fuhrman with Craig Hallum, you could proceed together with your query.

Alex Fuhrman

Nice, thanks very a lot for taking my query. And congratulations on a extremely sturdy 12 months. First 12 months as a public firm right here. It seems to be like direct-to-consumer phase was the largest driver of the quarter despite the fact that it feels like your entire manufacturers have been negatively impacted by provide constraints in addition to the COVID lockdowns in Australia. Are you able to speak slightly bit about how every of the manufacturers carried out throughout the quarter? And the way do you see these constraints taking part in out each in Q1 and the remainder of 2022? Thanks.

Ben Kohn

Thanks Alex. So I’ll speak slightly bit concerning the model efficiency I highlighted it earlier. However we received off to an incredible begin at each Yandy and Playboy ecom, due to the Halloween promoting season. We hadn’t ever actually offered or truly we had by no means offered the official Playboy bunny costume. It is at all times been unsanctioned and so not purchase. So this was the official one.

We had a extremely huge October that carried over for Playboy into the vacation shopping for season into November and into December. As I discussed Honey Birdette was off to a slower begin within the quarter due to the shop closures however that really actually ramped as soon as the shop is reopened and into the vacation shopping for season.

And Lovers continues to do fairly properly for us. It has been type of a kind of research Ashley goes saying, Ashley is de facto excited about what we are able to do there by way of having the ability to leverage lots of the merchandise that we now have elsewhere.

I do not know been an Ashley, do you’ve got something you need to add to that?

Ashley Kechter

Sure, Alex. I believe COVID positively performed a big impact in our outcomes for final 12 months. As Lance mentioned, we needed to shut down principally the entire total warehouse per week early, which price us thousands and thousands of {dollars} of income. We have now impacts, by means of our licensing enterprise in addition to we beforehand talked about that continued into the fourth quarter. So far as steering for this 12 months, I believe we proceed to count on the availability chain to be challenged. And that was baked into our numbers. Hopefully that can ease.

I am actually excited by a number of the issues we’re seeing with the flexibility, and that is what Ashley is engaged on proper now, not solely the merchandising technique round Playboy, which actually didn’t exist earlier than. So I believe there’s an enormous alternative with as we proceed to pivot on the DTC aspect.

But additionally after we take a look at Yandy and Lovers and looking out on the enlargement of Lovers, actually integrating the Playboy model into that. However Ashley, the rest you need to add?

Ashley DeSimone

Sure, I imply, I believe for me, what I am actually enthusiastic about. And as I, I have been right here about six weeks now, the large alternatives simply in the truth that we have got unbelievable model well being from a model consciousness and a requirement standpoint, however we’ve not spent sufficient time but, simply by nature of rising as rapidly as we now have and from a expertise standpoint, integrating these manufacturers, actually defining the profit and the function every model performs inside the portfolio, after which leveraging the facility we now have inside these Honey Birdette and Playboy to develop Yandy and Lovers and to construct that out.

And so I believe by way of going after key expertise, bringing in merchandising capabilities, going after some pricing and margin alternatives, how we begin to carry personal label is larger scale into the enterprise that can allow us to develop margins and go after new enterprise alternatives way more rapidly, and to actually drive development. And so I am thrilled concerning the potential and now we simply have to go after it aggressively and rapidly.

Alex Fuhrman

That is nice. Thanks, all of you for that. After which if I may additionally ask concerning the licensing enterprise. It feels like there have been some new licensing offers signed lately. What are your priorities for licensing this 12 months by way of new areas and product classes? And when would possibly we begin to see India and different rising markets begin to have a significant influence?

Ben Kohn

Sure. So Alex, clearly, with COVID, the renegotiation in a number of the enlargement of licensing has been slowed down, simply in our incapability to journey, truly, in the present day, I am glad to announce is our first day again within the workplace in principally two years, I believe we’re per week shy of two years, two weeks, if two years. So excited to get the staff again on the street. India, clearly, we delayed the launch there, our bodily merchandise, and we did launch final 12 months, however delayed the launch of bodily merchandise, given the availability chain points, and what was only a ton of backlog that was sitting within the system. We did that in coordination with our companions.

However we did signal trending offers, we now have a sturdy pipeline of licensing offers, these are targeted in worldwide markets for essentially the most half exterior of some nice collaborations we’re doing in the US, as we proceed to pivot to our owned and operated channels within the markets the place we now have area experience to function them.

Lance Barton

The opposite factor, Alex, regardless of a few of these ongoing headwinds that we see from COVID, particularly internationally, all through Asia and all through India, we even have seen actually sturdy development with our U.S. attire companions we have been seeing I imply, this has been constant all 12 months. However we have been getting royalty overages coming in from PacSun and likewise from a Myriad of areas that model and you’ve got seen most likely on Gen-Z, it is like $1,000 shirt. And we have additionally seen actually sturdy retail gross sales from our companions at City Outfitters and Chile. So that actually has once more optimistic concerning the demand right here as a result of these are a number of the most resonant manufacturers with the youthful era.

Alex Fuhrman

That is actually useful. Thanks guys very a lot.


Thanks. Our subsequent query comes from Jim Duffy with Stifel you could proceed together with your query.

Jim Duffy

Thanks. Hello, Ben. Hello, Lance, and welcome Ashley. Hey, lads, I need to begin — are you able to handle the delay of the 10-Okay and the expectation you will be reporting a weak point in inner controls?

Lance Barton

Certain. So for higher for worse after we after we began final 12 months, we have been an rising development firm which by way of SOX compliance and reporting timelines is for much longer than a big accelerated filer with the run up within the inventory value that we had within the first half of final 12 months on the June 30 measurement date. We switched from being an rising development firm to a big accelerated filer.

So we spent the primary six months of the 12 months not anticipating to should do SOX 404 compliance within the first 12 months as a public firm. That change was slipped on June 30. So we now have been scrambling with our new auditor our new auditor PDO, additionally simply joined us in July. So we now have been scrambling actually because the center of the 12 months to attempt to get all of this completed in time, which is why we filed for that extension.

So, our reporting timeline for an organization of our measurement and for the dimensions that we have been a 12 months in the past was truly for much longer. We’re on a reporting timeline with the Googles and Microsoft’s of the world. And right here we’re 10 months out of the gate. In order that’s actually what the driving force is correct now.

Jim Duffy

Okay, associated, I suppose, press launch actually skinny on monetary particulars, are you able to give us some preview of what the steadiness sheet will seem like? Once you do get it on file? Issues like, shark place, inventories, receivables, so forth?

Lance Barton

Sure, I discussed the money place with $75 million of money. I am not going to enter any of the opposite particulars on right here, as a result of we’re nonetheless within the technique of finalizing our audit. So I do not need to preempt any of that work proper now.

Jim Duffy

Okay. After which, if I could, only one extra, Ben, my shopper base very excited about replace on the CENTERFOLD enterprise. Thanks for the element that you just did present. You have characterised it as a beta launch, have you ever labored by means of technical points? How’s the viewers constructing? How most of the viewers are paying for premium entry? Is the platform now secure and able to scale?

Ben Kohn

Sure, Jim thanks for the query. So I believe it is vital to type of like degree set and take a look at what we have achieved in a really brief time period, we accelerated the launch of what was going to be one thing we already developed internally with the acquisition dream in late October. And we launched a product in late December. And we did that as a result of we had huge demand from creators. And that demand has far exceeded our expectations. However they actually needed to look they usually need to really feel a product. And so we push that out rapidly.

I believe the dream acquisition accelerated our improvement by about 12 months, as a result of there is a funding element, however there is a actually complicated again finish element, if you begin to work by means of creators all around the world payouts integrating into our techniques, et cetera. We’re nearing the tip of that beta launch right here within the subsequent few weeks. And we can be turning on our advertising efforts then.

What we now have seen and actually proving our thesis, what CENTERFOLD might be long run is that our site visitors has on centerfold, with none advertising and what I might say is, a only a few creators on it has exceeded that of And so if you begin to consider the highest of the funnel and CENTERFOLD being the middle of that ecosystem, it’s totally promising.

The opposite factor I might say is, the creator demand, as we mentioned, it has been nice. We have now an enormous wait listing of creators. After which, as milestones are reached, lots of our founding creators grow to be unique to us. And so excited to proceed to activate the income monetization right here over the following few weeks, after which the advertising initiatives as we transfer into the second quarter.

Jim Duffy

Useful, thanks a lot.


Thanks. Our subsequent query comes from George Kelly with ROTH Capital Companions. It’s possible you’ll proceed together with your query.

George Kelly

Hey, all people, thanks for taking my questions. So possibly if we may simply proceed on with CENTERFOLD. Ben, as you look out over the course of this 12 months, you talked about I imply, the product I do know it is persevering with to morph and there is new performance you are going to be including. What — are you able to spotlight one or two, two elements of that the largest type of iterations or areas of enchancment that you just assume the performance can — the place you possibly can develop and develop type of the merchandise that inside CENTERFOLD over the course of the 12 months?

Ben Kohn

Sure, so should you take a look at what we now have in the present day versus others, we now have subscription and we now have messaging. These capabilities do not exist in the present day in the precise locations, largely as a result of we’ve not turned that on. And so you will begin to see these calls to motion to the income monetization, inherent over the positioning, you will see that the signal on course of improves on the positioning, you will see that we are going to activate search engine optimisation and restricted SEM, as we transfer ahead on that.

After which on the present product capabilities, the tipping the dwell video through which Cardi debuted on the 18th. There are a number of enhancements coming to these merchandise. After which as we transfer into later within the 12 months, there are some fascinating Web3 blockchain initiatives that we’re engaged on integrating into the product.

After which as I discussed earlier than, we now have two legacy merchandise that are Playboy Plus and Playboy TV, we’ll work on the mixing of those who will not occur this 12 months. However we’ll begin to assume by means of that. And actually Playboy TV as a discovery platform for CENTERFOLD, given the homes 90 plus million properties.

Lance Barton

The opposite factor that I needed to say to George, I imply, actually the large a part of that is how can we leverage our creators and get their suggestions to actually enhance monetization and interplay with the consumer. So virtually all the pieces that we do goes to be pushed by that suggestions and by the partnership that we now have with these creators, and that is actually what we’re constructing in the direction of.

Ben Kohn

And sure, simply to construct on that. It is an incredible level, Lance. George, that is what we have been doing for the final 60 days is working with the creators. I believe the large factor with creators if you’re launching a brand new platform is what’s the appear and feel of it. I believe that is been very well acquired that has led to large quantity of creator demand. After which, as we labored on the again workplace integration, accounting techniques and all that our means to start out onboarding creators, content material moderation with the MasterCard tips, et cetera, that can begin to improve right here fairly rapidly.

George Kelly

Okay, okay, nice. That is useful. After which subsequent query for me, simply in your steering. So $350 million in income, are you able to assist break down the phase contribution? And what I am simply interested in is, so if I take a look at CENTERFOLD, and type of lumped collectively CENTERFOLD and Rabbitars in a few of these different digital initiatives underway? Or how a lot of a contributor to count on these to be I do not know if you are going to give a selected quantity, however do you assume there will be a fabric contributor to your income by 12 months finish? And may you hope all of it simply with type of measurement of contribution or the rest? I am unsure what you’re snug saying?

Ben Kohn

Sure, positive. So the digital piece, so we have got three reportable segments, proper, and I discussed that the majority of the expansion this 12 months, it should look just like 2021, which is, you are going to see the majority of that development pushed by direct-to-consumer, you are going to have some development from licensing as properly. However we have by no means, place that as a giant double digit grower.

After which on the digital aspect, proper now, the income coming from there may be actually round Playboy Plus, and the incremental income coming in from CENTERFFOLD its actually marginal right now, it is not a fabric contributor to 2022. And we’ll proceed to guage because it goes. However proper now we’re actually targeted, extra on scaling the consumer base, scaling the creators and targeted on truly the options that we now have are much less targeted on monetization upfront subsequently, contribution in 2022, must be quite immaterial from CENTERFFOLD.

George Kelly

Okay, that is useful. After which final query for me. Prior to now, you have given the retail gross sales quantity 4 PacSun and misguided. I used to be curious should you may replace us simply with what sort of development you noticed from these two manufacturers or the rest price highlighting in your licensed enterprise? That is all I had. Thanks.

Ben Kohn

Sure, we proceed to see the overages coming in from these companions. So I haven’t got the precise development of them helpful. However once more, they proceed to outperform what they’ve arrange for us.

George Kelly

Okay, thanks.


Thanks. Our subsequent query comes from Austin Moldow with Canaccord, you could proceed together with your query.

Austin Moldow

Hello, thanks for taking my questions. Are you able to reconstruct the anticipated income DTC income development for 2022? A bit of bit extra? Possibly simply even qualitatively, I am curious, which type of personal label product launches you are anticipating within the 12 months? Or what manufacturers are significantly sturdy in that outlook?

Ben Kohn

Sorry, I imply, you mentioned stroll by means of the direct-to-consumer development in 2022 that we’re anticipating?

Austin Moldow

Sure, should you may simply speak to what that 2022 DTC income development is coming from primarily?

Ben Kohn

Sure, so there’s a couple of buckets proper. So the primary goes to be our first full 12 months of Honey Birdette and Honey Birdette ended up itself we talked about wanting so as to add round 10 new shops right here. We have talked earlier than about how these new shops after we open these strategically, they’re like a extremely worthwhile billboard for the enterprise. Not solely do they produce 30 plus p.c EBIT margins, after we have got them up and working, however in addition they managed to derive elevated e-commerce income.

So a part of the expansion plan for Honey Birdette is strategically open these shops all through primarily within the U.S. but in addition considerably in Europe. In order that’s going to be a development driver. We have talked about Playboy ecom persevering with to scale, we see a extremely lengthy runway, they’re persevering with to actually construct that enterprise out. And particularly with Ashley becoming a member of us, I do know she’s received lots of nice initiatives that she’s pursuing on that entrance.

After which after we take into consideration our means to drive development at each Yandy, and Lovers, it is a mixture round, how can we get much more leverage out of our Halloween gross sales from Yandy, I believe we are able to additionally try this at Playboy ecom. Can we begin to add to that, from a Lovers perspective?

After which additionally, how can we leverage our IP and our model extra broadly throughout all of this. After which, underpinning all of those, we talked slightly bit earlier on the decision, it’s actually constructing that out that unified again in infrastructure in order that we now have extra information in order that we now have extra insights into to what levers we are able to pull. And we actually do assume that may assist begin driving the expansion as we implement these tools later this 12 months, and positively past.

Austin Moldow

Bought it. How significant is or playboy ecommerce proper now, like, how does it type of evaluate to say Yandy?

Ben Kohn

I imply it is smaller than Yandy, as a result of we simply began monetizing it in 2020. So you have grown from nothing to one thing, a lot, a lot, a lot bigger than it’s. So it should proceed to scale. We’ve not damaged it out particularly. But it surely’s been a pleasant contributor to our development and direct-to-consumer and we count on it to proceed to doing.

Ashley Kechter

I believe, simply leaping in actually do there. I believe the opposite alternative is how we leverage the Playboy model to develop Yandy, to develop Lovers as a result of I believe there is a vital alternative to combine extra successfully, and the way we go after enterprise utilizing the leverage retail footprint utilizing the Honey Birdette product and simply beginning to carry a few of these parts collectively to drive development, all the pieces concerning the again half alternative.

Austin Moldow

Bought it. And one on CENTERFFOLD, by way of the precise content material. The place do you see this sitting on the spectrum between say, and Instagram and solely followers? I do know, you have talked about type of a big selection of the varieties of creators, however up to now it feels like most are possibly from the grownup industries. So simply in search of colour on the way it’ll be positioned alongside the model?

Ben Kohn

Certain, so I am going to decide this. So I believe your long run, we type of used this as an uncensored Instagram greater than what I might say solely followers has been made their status on which is de facto hardcore grownup content material. And in order I discussed, we now have thrilling creators that can be becoming a member of us from comedy from music that proceed to develop on Cardi B, et cetera. After which we’ll do different issues round that with activations.

And so our content material tips are stretched, we expect that’s the place out there that’s not solely the biggest place out there, but in addition the place out there that works for us from a model perspective, after which actually as a high of the funnel as we glance to combine commerce and different merchandise into centerfold long-term.

Austin Moldow

Okay. Thanks very a lot.


Thanks. Our subsequent query comes from Brian Dobson with Chardan. It’s possible you’ll proceed together with your query.

Brian Dobson

Hello, thanks a lot for taking my query. Only a fast comply with up on CENTERFFOLD. So far as consumer interplay the place most of your subscribers utilizing the content material is that desktop or on the cellular software?

Ben Kohn

Good query. Thanks. The vast majority of the customers are coming from cellular. So we’re seeing about 90% of the site visitors in the present day on CENTERFFOLD coming from cellular gadgets.

Lance Barton

And that cellular net to make clear.

Brian Dobson

And do you’ve got any type of demographic data in your core consumer base?

Ben Kohn

It isn’t one thing we will share at this level. We all know who the customers are, we all know what they’re excited about. And once more, we launched this simply to degree set December 20 on the finish of the 12 months, we have persistently added creators, approaching 1000 verified at this level, lengthy waitlist and people numbers will proceed to develop as we add creators and we type of turned on the advertising engine behind us.

Lance Barton

One factor after we take into consideration simply the demographic basically, you have been most likely referring particularly to CENTERFFOLD however if you consider about Playboys viewers in the present day extra broadly, I imply, it is an older Gen Z shopper. I imply, we see them spending a whole bunch of thousands and thousands of {dollars} on our style and different merchandise and fascinating with us straight throughout all of our platforms. I imply, you possibly can take a look at the Rabbitars, you have received 5000, particular person holders of these, 11,953 Rabbitar, and folks purchased these they spent $900 per Rabbitar for pure batch worth.

So, it is crucial throughout completely different channels you are going to have — you are going to attain a distinct shopper. However proper now, the model itself is de facto resonant throughout a variety of individuals, particularly inside a youthful feminine demographic.

Ben Kohn

Sure, I believe it additionally simply allies and it additionally relies upon particularly if you’re speaking about CENTERFFOLD, who the creator is, so Cardi B’s viewers is completely different than Mia Khalifa’s viewers. And what we have tried to do with our founding creators is ensuring that there’s scale there. We have talked about these numbers of social media followers earlier than.

After which as we as we begin to activate the advertising and the income monetization, as we transfer into the second quarter right here, with the brand new product options, that ought to begin to develop, you’d hope exponentially because the creators actually push out the advertising of the platform to their fan bases.

Brian Dobson

Nice, thanks very a lot. After which wouldn’t it be attainable so that you can give us an replace on leveraging the design staff at Honey Birdette throughout your different platforms, by way of lingerie choices?

Ashley Kechter

Completely. So we’re seeing large success in leveraging the Honey Birdette staff. They’ve a major quantity of power and in home design, actually sturdy processes by way of how we sourced the factories we must be bringing in to do lingerie and different classes which are extremely technical.

And so our first introduction of our personal label by means of Playboy, the place we partnered with the Honey Birdette, staff can be on the lingerie launch that we’re focusing on for later this 12 months. After which what we’re attempting to do is construct that out throughout different classes as properly and type of leveraging the Honey Birdette staff as a leaping off level to carry all classes by way of personal label and design and merchandising in home.

Brian Dobson

Nice, thanks very a lot.

Ben Kohn

Thanks, Brian.


Thanks, and I am not exhibiting any additional questions right now. I might now like to show the decision again over to Ben Kohn for any additional remarks.

Ben Kohn

Simply need to thank everybody for becoming a member of our name and we look ahead to speaking to you sooner or later. So admire it.


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