Yoshitsu Co., Ltd (“Yoshitsu” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: TKLF), a retailer and wholesaler of Japanese beauty and health products, as well as other products in Japan, today announced its unaudited financial results for the first six months of fiscal year 2022 ended September 30, 2021.

Mr. Mei Kanayama, the Principal Executive Officer of Yoshitsu, commented, “We are pleased to announce that we delivered solid financial results for the first six months of fiscal year 2022 with total revenue of $112.3 million, growing 34.8% year over year, along with our increased global market coverage and customer base, despite unfavorable market conditions. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused (i) delays in exporting and transporting as a result of supply chain constraints and (ii) a sluggish number of overseas tourists, and, as a result, our business was negatively impacted and our physical store sales suffered significantly. The expansion of our business scale and global market share, however, has led to the expansion of our customer base, through which we believe we have established a foundation for our financial growth. In addition, we have timely adjusted our development strategy to target overseas online markets, which has successfully offset the impact of reduced in-store shopping due to travel restrictions. I would like to thank our team for their efforts to overcome challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic and their tremendous contributions fostering the steady growth in our business, which we believe will allow us to execute strategic plans to propel our future growth.”

Mr. Youichiro Haga, Principal Accounting and Financial Officer of Yoshitsu, stated, “Throughout the first six months of fiscal year 2022, the COVID-19 pandemic caused a surge in various costs and a shortage of staff. However, we tackled these challenges and achieved record revenue with our dedicated effort. Our profitability has also grown consistently, with gross profit rising by 24.1% and net income growing by 40.5%, respectively, mainly because our overseas e-commerce business maintained excellent growth momentum. The financial results indicate a good start for 2022, with our global market expansion, increased profitability, and consistent strategic execution that translated into stronger financial results.”

First Six Months of Fiscal Year 2022 Financial and Operational Highlights

  For the Six Months Ended September 30,
(USD millions, except per share data) 2021   2020   % Change
Revenue   112.3       83.3       34.8 %
Directly-operated physical stores   5.2       20.6       (74.5 )%
Online stores   62.4       29.4       111.6 %
Franchise stores and wholesale customers   44.7       33.3       34.2 %
Gross Profit   18.3       14.8       24.1 %
Gross Margin   16.3 %     17.7 %     (1.4 )pp*
Income from Operations   4.6       3.7       25.8 %
Net Income   2.4       1.7       40.5 %
Earnings Per Share   0.09       0.06       36.4 %
* Notes: pp represents percentage points
   
Revenue was $112.3 million, an increase of 34.8% from $83.3 million for the same period of last year.
   
Gross profit was $18.3 million, an increase of 24.1% from $14.8 million for the same period of last year.
   
Gross margin was 16.3%, compared with 17.7% for the same period of last year.
   
Net income was $2.4 million, an increase of 40.5% from $1.7 million for the same period of last year.
   
Basic and diluted earnings per share were $0.09, compared with $0.06 for the same period of last year.
   
As of February 28, 2022, the Company’s distribution channels consisted of (i) 10 directly-operated physical stores in Japan, (ii) 24 online stores through the Company’s websites and various e-commerce marketplaces in Japan and China, and (iii) 9 franchise stores in the U.S., 4 franchise stores in Canada, 4 franchise stores in Hong Kong, 1 franchise store in the U.K., and approximately 148 wholesale customers in Japan and other countries, including China, the U.S., and Canada.

First Six Months of Fiscal Year 2022 Financial Results

Revenue

Revenue increased by $28.9 million, or 34.8%, to $112.3 million for the six months ended September 30, 2021 from $83.3 million for the same period of last year. The increase in revenue was primarily due to increased revenue from online stores, franchise stores, and wholesale customers, which was partially offset by a decrease in revenue from directly-operated physical stores.

    For the Six Months Ended September 30,  
    2021     2020  
($ millions)   Revenue     Cost of Revenue     Gross Margin     Revenue     Cost of Revenue     Gross Margin  
Directly-operated physical stores     5.2       4.4       15.5 %     20.6       17.2       16.2 %
Online stores     62.4       52.0       16.6 %     29.4       23.3       21.0 %
Franchise stores and wholesale customers     44.7       37.5       16.1 %     33.3       28.0       15.8 %
Total     112.3       93.9       16.3 %     83.3       68.5       17.7 %

Revenue from directly-operated physical stores decreased by $15.4 million, or 74.5%, to $5.2 million for the six months ended September 30, 2021, from $20.6 million for the same period of last year. The decrease was mainly attributable to the state of emergency declared by the Japanese government in April 2021 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to this state of emergency, almost all of the Company’s physical stores were temporarily closed during the period between late April 2021 and the end of May 2021. After the Company’s physical stores resumed their business in June 2021, most of the Company’s physical stores remained closed on Saturdays or Sundays, and the opening hours were reduced by two to four hours to eight to nine hours per weekday. From July 2021 to the present, most of the Company’s physical stores resumed their nearly normal business with working hours reduced by one to two hours every day. Despite this, the Company’s business was still negatively affected during the six months ended September 30, 2021.

Revenue from online stores increased by $33.0 million, or 111.6%, to $62.4 million for the six months ended September 30, 2021, from $29.4 million for the same period of last year. The increase was mainly attributable to the growing popularity of online shopping, given that the e-commerce industry has been rapidly expanding in recent years. In order to seize the opportunities, the Company expanded its online store network by opening new stores on multiple popular and reputable third-party e-commerce marketplaces in overseas regions, while improving the efficiency of its supply chain and storage and inventory management. In order to reduce the Company’s operating expenses and credit risk, the Company outsourced the entire operations of some of its online stores to third-party companies, and sold products to these third-party companies instead of to individual customers. During the six months ended September 30, 2021, revenue from overseas online sales, which was mainly from the China market, increased by $33.9 million. The increase in overseas sales was in line with the fast-growing purchasing power of the Chinese consumers and the increasing popularity of high-quality Japanese products among Chinese consumers. The increase was partially offset by the decreased revenue from Japanese domestic online sales of $1.0 million, which was mainly due to the closing of three unprofitable domestic online stores.

Revenue from franchise stores and wholesale customers increased by $11.4 million, or 34.2%, to $44.7 million for the six months ended September 30, 2021, from $33.3 million for the same period of last year. The increase in revenue from franchise stores and wholesale customers was mainly attributable to the increased sales to overseas franchise stores and wholesale customers amounting to $11,446,738, offset by a slight decrease in sales of $65,439 to the Company’s Japanese domestic wholesale customers. With the improvement of the Company’s supply chain and storage and logistic capacity, it added two new franchise stores and increased its sales to overseas wholesale customers on a per customer basis during the six months ended September 30, 2021. Meanwhile, the Company’s Japanese domestic wholesales decreased slightly during the six months ended September 30, 2021, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gross Profit and Gross Margin

Total cost of revenue increased by $25.4 million, or 37.1%, to $93.9 million for the six months ended September 30, 2021, from $68.5 million for the same period of last year.

Gross profit increased by $3.6 million, or 24.1%, to $18.3 million for six months ended September 30, 2021, from $14.8 million for the same period of last year. Overall gross margin decreased by 1.4 percentage points to 16.3% for the six months ended September 30, 2021, from 17.7% for the same period of last year.

Gross margin for directly-operated physical stores, online stores, and franchise stores and wholesale customers was 15.5%, 16.6%, and 16.1%, respectively, for the six months ended September 30, 2021, compared to 16.2%, 21.0%, and 15.8%, respectively, for the same period of last year.

Operating Expenses

Operating expenses consist of selling and marketing expenses and general and administrative expenses, which primarily include payroll, employee benefit expenses and bonus expenses, shipping expenses, promotion and advertising expenses, and other facility-related costs, such as store rent, utilities, and depreciation.

Operating expenses increased by $2.6 million, or 23.5%, to $13.7 million for the six months ended September 30, 2021, from $11.1 million for the same period of last year. The increase was primarily due to an increase in shipping expenses, transaction commissions paid to third-party e-commerce marketplace operators, consulting and professional service fees, promotion and advertising expenses, payroll, and employee benefit expenses and bonus expenses.

Interest Expense, net

Interest expense, net include interest expense calculated at interest rate per loan agreements and loan service costs, which are directly incremental to the loan agreements and amortized over the loan periods. Interest expense, net increased by $0.2 million, or 27.8%, to $1.0 million for the six months ended September 30, 2021, from $0.8 million for the same period of last year.

Other Income, net

Other income, net primarily includes tax refunds, foreign exchange gain or loss, disposal gain or loss from property and equipment, government subsidies, and other immaterial income and expense items. Other income, net increased by $455,987, or 23,761.7%, to $457,906 for the six months ended September 30, 2021, from $1,919 for the same period of last year. The increase was mainly due to an increase of $226,853 received in the form of government subsidies as the financial support during the COVID-19 pandemic, and a decrease in foreign exchange transaction loss by $91,762 as a result of foreign exchange rate fluctuations, as well as an increase of $79,257 in royalty fees collected from the Company’s franchisees during the six months ended September 30, 2021.

Provision for Income Taxes

Provision for income taxes increased by $0.5 million, to $1.6 million for the six months ended September 30, 2021, from $1.1 million for the same period of last year. The increase in provision for income taxes was mainly due to the increased taxable income for the six months ended September 30, 2021. The effective income tax rate remained stable with a slight increase from 39.5% to 39.8%.

Net Income

Net income was $2.4 million, or $0.09 per basic and diluted share for the six months ended September 30, 2021, compared to $1.7 million, or $0.06 per basic and diluted share for the same period of last year.

Financial Condition

As of September 30, 2021, the Company had cash of $7.0 million, compared to $16.4 million as of March 31, 2021. As of September 30, 2021, the Company had accounts receivable balances due from third parties and related parties of $47.8 million and $5.2 million, respectively, compared to $43.7 million and $3.5 million as of March 31, 2021. The balance as of September 30, 2021 had been fully collected as of March 21, 2022. The collected balances of such receivable provide cash available for use in the Company’s operations as working capital, if necessary. As of September 30, 2021, the Company had merchandise inventories of $35.3 million, which the Company believes can be sold quickly, based on its analysis of the current trend in demand for its products, compared to $27.1 million as of March 31, 2021.

Net cash used in operating activities was $19.7 million for the six months ended September 30, 2021, mainly derived from net income of $2.4 million for the period, and net changes in the Company’s operating assets and liabilities, which mainly included an increase in accounts receivable from third parties and related parties of $6.3 million, which was in line with the increase in revenue. Net cash used in operating activities was $11.9 million for the six months ended September 30, 2020, mainly derived from net income of $1.7 million for the period, and net changes in the Company’s operating assets and liabilities, which mainly included a decrease in accounts receivable from third parties and related parties of $4.6 million, due to the increased collection of outstanding account receivable balances, and an increase in merchandise inventories of $17.0 million.

Net cash used in investing activities was $1.6 million for the six months ended September 30, 2021, mainly due to the purchases of property and equipment of $1.5 million. Net cash provided by investing activities was $4.1 million for the six months ended September 30, 2020, mainly due to the collection of a long-term loan made to a related party of $3.7 million, as well as proceeds from disposal of property and equipment of $0.4 million.

Net cash provided by financing activities was $11.9 million for the six months ended September 30, 2021, which primarily consisted of proceeds from short-term borrowings of $265.5 million, proceeds from long-term borrowings of $7.8 million, and capital contributions of $1.8 million, partially offset by repayments of short-term borrowings of $262.9 million and repayments of long-term borrowings of $0.5 million. Net cash provided by financing activities was $6.1 million for the six months ended September 30, 2020, which primarily consisted of proceeds from short-term borrowings of $150.4 million and proceeds from long-term borrowings of $0.5 million, partially offset by repayments of short-term borrowings of $143.9 million and repayments of long-term borrowings of $0.6 million.

Recent Development

Completion of the Initial Public Offering (“IPO”)

On January 13, 2022, the Company closed its IPO of 6,250,000 American Depositary Shares (“ADSs”) at a public offering price of $4.00 per ADS, which included 250,000 ADSs issued pursuant to the partial exercise of the underwriters’ over-allotment option. Each ADS represents one ordinary share of the Company. The closing for the sale of the over-allotment shares took place on February 21, 2022. Gross proceeds of the Company’s IPO, including the proceeds from the sale of the over-allotment shares, totaled $25.0 million, before deducting underwriting discounts and other related expenses. Net proceeds of the Company’s IPO, including over-allotment shares, was approximately $22.7 million. In connection with the IPO, the Company’s ordinary shares began trading on the Nasdaq Capital Market under the symbol “TKLF” on January 18, 2022.

Conference Call Information

The Company will host an earnings conference call at 8:00 am U.S. Eastern Time (9:00 pm Japan Standard Time) on March 29, 2022. Dial-in details for the conference call are as follows:

Date: March 29, 2022
Time: 8:00 am U.S. Eastern Time
International: 1-412-902-4272
United States Toll Free: 1-888-346-8982
Japan Toll Free: 0066-33-812830
Conference ID Yoshitsu Co., Ltd

Please dial in at least 15 minutes before the commencement of the call to ensure timely participation.

For those unable to participate, an audio replay of the conference call will be available from approximately one hour after the end of the live call until April 5, 2022. The dial-in for the replay is +1-877-344-7529 within the United States or +1-412-317-0088 internationally. The replay access code is No. 9286519.

A live and archived webcast of the conference call will also be available at the Company’s investor relations website at https://www.ystbek.co.jp/irystbek/.

About Yoshitsu Co., Ltd

Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Yoshitsu Co., Ltd is a retailer and wholesaler of Japanese beauty and health products, as well as other products. The Company offers various beauty products (including cosmetics, skin care, fragrance, and body care products), health products (including over-the-counter drugs, nutritional supplements, and medical supplies and devices), and other products (including home goods, food, and alcoholic beverages). The Company currently sells its products through directly-operated physical stores, through online stores, and to franchise stores and wholesale customers. For more information, please visit the Company’s website at https://www.ystbek.co.jp/irystbek/.

Forward-Looking Statements

All statements other than statements of historical fact in this press release are forward-looking statements, within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties and are based on current expectations and projections about future events and financial trends that the Company believes may affect its financial condition, results of operations, business strategy, and financial needs. Investors can identify these forward-looking statements by words or phrases such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “aim,” “estimate,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “potential,” “continue,” “is/are likely to,” or other similar expressions. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent occurring events or circumstances, or changes in its expectations, except as may be required by law. Although the Company believes that the expectations expressed in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, it cannot assure you that such expectations will turn out to be correct, and the Company cautions investors that actual results may differ materially from the anticipated results and encourages investors to review other factors that may affect its future results in the Company’s registration statement and in its other filings with the SEC.

For more information, please contact:

Yoshitsu Co., Ltd Investor Relations DepartmentEmail: ir@ystbek.co.jp

Ascent Investors Relations LLCTina XiaoPresidentPhone: +1-917-609-0333Email: tina.xiao@ascent-ir.com

YOSHITSU CO., LTDUNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

    September 30,     March 31,  
    2021     2021  
    (Unaudited)        
ASSETS            
CURRENT ASSETS:            
Cash   $ 6,974,352     $ 16,380,363  
Accounts receivable, net     47,816,444       43,683,575  
Accounts receivable - related parties, net     5,174,870       3,499,070  
Merchandise inventories, net     35,271,643       27,122,504  
Due from related parties     754,889       632,380  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets, net     5,617,715       3,926,590  
TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS     101,609,913       95,244,482  
                 
Property and equipment, net     12,069,589       10,553,724  
Operating lease right-of-use assets     2,867,451       2,898,551  
Long term investment     330,332       333,357  
Long-term prepaid expenses and other non-current assets, net     3,472,175       3,464,617  
Deferred tax assets, net     431,389       447,124  
TOTAL ASSETS   $ 120,780,849     $ 112,941,855  
                 
CURRENT LIABILITIES:                
Short-term borrowings   $ 66,278,370     $ 65,084,803  
Current portion of long-term borrowings     1,273,583       645,570  
Accounts payable     5,201,498       11,625,477  
Accounts payable - related parties     11,849       63,011  
Due to related parties     695,309       235,774  
Deferred revenue     165,474       186,046  
Income tax payable     1,678,708       2,180,764  
Operating lease liabilities, current     814,599       811,299  
Finance lease liabilities, current     233,634       174,904  
Other payables and other current liabilities     2,349,972       627,179  
TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES     78,702,996       81,634,827  
                 
Operating lease liabilities, non-current     1,930,342       1,928,682  
Finance lease liabilities, non-current     585,184       414,428  
Long-term borrowings     12,932,319       6,439,751  
Other non-current liabilities     429,729       289,730  
TOTAL LIABILITIES   $ 94,580,570     $ 90,707,418  
                 
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES                
                 
SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY                
Ordinary shares, 100,000,000 shares authorized; 30,000,054 shares and 27,327,594 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2021 and March 31, 2021, respectively*     3,336,827       2,416,635  
Capital reserve     902,224       -  
Retained earnings     22,640,447       20,221,300  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (679,219 )     (403,498 )
TOTAL SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY     26,200,279       22,234,437  
                 
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY   $ 120,780,849     $ 112,941,855  

YOSHITSU CO., LTDUNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

    For the Six Months Ended September 30,  
    2021     2020  
             
REVENUE                
Revenue - third parties   $ 101,202,348     $ 74,387,425  
Revenue - related parties     11,054,444       8,919,507  
Total revenue     112,256,792       83,306,932  
                 
OPERATING EXPENSES                
Merchandise costs     93,936,835       68,539,495  
Selling, general and administrative expenses     13,718,920       11,110,459  
Total operating expenses     107,655,755       79,649,954  
                 
INCOME FROM OPERATIONS     4,601,037       3,656,978  
                 
OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)                
Interest expense, net     (1,039,508 )     (813,389 )
Other income, net     457,906       1,919  
Total other expenses, net     (581,602 )     (811,470 )
                 
INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAX PROVISION     4,019,435       2,845,508  
                 
PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES     1,600,288       1,123,881  
                 
NET INCOME     2,419,147       1,721,627  
                 
OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)                
Foreign currency translation gain (loss)     (275,721 )     403,724  
                 
TOTAL COMPREHENSIVE INCOME   $ 2,143,426     $ 2,125,351  
                 
Earnings per ordinary share - basic and diluted   $ 0.09     $ 0.06  
Weighted average shares - basic and diluted*     27,526,689       26,727,540  
  * Retrospectively restated for effect of share issuances on October 22, 2020 and a 294-for-1 forward split on August 18, 2021.

YOSHITSU CO., LTDUNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

    For the Six Months Ended September 30,  
    2021     2020  
Cash flows from operating activities:            
Net Income   $ 2,419,147     $ 1,721,627  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash used in operating activities:                
Depreciation and amortization     230,949       223,587  
Gain from disposal of property and equipment     (23,073 )     (37,295 )
Reversal of doubtful accounts     -       (49,833 )
Amortization of operating lease right-of-use assets     531,938       617,121  
Deferred tax provision     11,883       2,841  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:                
Accounts receivable     (4,609,319 )     10,859,565  
Accounts receivable - related parties     (1,737,698 )     (6,296,767 )
Merchandise inventories     (8,543,500 )     (17,042,943 )
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     (2,594,691 )     (3,361,028 )
Long term prepaid expenses and other non-current assets     (39,695 )     (221,852 )
Accounts payable     (6,429,975 )     823,060  
Accounts payable - related parties     (51,483 )     312,999  
Deferred revenue     (19,218 )     (191,517 )
Income tax payable     (490,773 )     (458,913 )
Other payables and other current liabilities     1,758,992       1,752,833  
Operating lease liabilities     (496,705 )     (634,760 )
Other non-current liabilities     362,176       121,627  
Net cash used in operating activities     (19,721,045 )     (11,859,648 )
                 
Cash flows from investing activities:                
Purchase of property and equipment     (1,518,492 )     (46,517 )
Proceeds from disposal of property and equipment     33,707       433,180  
Collections of repayments from (advances made to) related parties     (130,512 )     850  
Collection of long-term loan due from a related party     -       3,744,000  
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities     (1,615,297 )     4,131,513  
                 
Cash flows from financing activities:                
Capital contribution     1,822,416       -  
Proceeds from short-term borrowings     265,509,656       150,387,119  
Repayments of short-term borrowings     (262,859,584 )     (143,865,006 )
Proceeds from long-term borrowings     7,834,600       468,000  
Repayments of long-term borrowings     (522,896 )     (649,894 )
Advances received from related parties     469,824       (38,712 )
Repayment of obligations under finance leases     (338,043 )     (244,565 )
Net cash provided by financing activities     11,915,973       6,056,942  
                 
Effect of exchange rate fluctuation on cash     14,358       160,707  
                 
Net decrease in cash     (9,406,011 )     (1,510,486 )
Cash at beginning of period     16,380,363       7,529,219  
Cash at end of period   $ 6,974,352     $ 6,018,733  
                 
Supplemental cash flow information                
Cash paid for income taxes   $ 2,106,469     $ 1,583,780  
Cash paid for interest   $ 394,113     $ 323,093  
                 
Supplemental non-cash operating activity                
Purchase of property and equipment financed under long-term payment   $ 23,234     $ -  
Purchase of property and equipment financed under finance leases   $ 340,615     $ -  
Right of use assets obtained in exchange for operating lease liabilities   $ 527,062     $ -  

YOSHITSU CO., LTDUNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2021 AND 2020

    Ordinary Shares     Capital     Retained     Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income     Total Shareholders’  
    Shares*     Amount     Reserve     Earnings     (Loss)     Equity  
Balance, March 31, 2020     26,727,540     $ 970,023     $ -     $ 14,698,699     $ 294,942     $ 15,963,664  
                                                 
Net income for the period     -       -       -       1,721,627       -       1,721,627  
Foreign currency translation gain     -       -       -       -       403,724       403,724  
                                                 
Balance, September 30, 2020     26,727,540     $ 970,023     $ -     $ 16,420,326     $ 698,666     $ 18,089,015  
                                                 
Balance, March 31, 2021     27,327,594     $ 2,416,635     $ -     $ 20,221,300     $ (403,498 )   $ 22,234,437  
                                                 
Capital contribution     2,672,460       920,192       902,224       -       -       1,822,416  
Net income for the period     -       -       -       2,419,147       -       2,419,147  
Foreign currency translation loss     -       -       -       -       (275,721 )     (275,721 )
                                                 
Balance, September 30, 2021     30,000,054     $ 3,336,827     $ 902,224     $ 22,640,447     $ (679,219 )   $ 26,200,279  
  * Retrospectively restated for effect of share issuances on October 22, 2020 and a 294-for-1 forward split on August 18, 2021.
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