Superior Group of Companies, Inc. Reports Operating Results For the First Quarter Ended March 31, 2021

Compared to the first quarter 2020:

  • Net Sales increased 49.4%
  • Earnings per Share (Diluted) increased 200.0%
  • Uniform net sales increased 17.4%
  • BAMKO net sales increased 124.9%
  • The Office Gurus net sales increased 43.2%

SEMINOLE, Fla., April 28, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Superior Group of Companies, Inc. (NASDAQ: SGC), today announced its first quarter operating results for 2021.

The Company announced that for the first quarter ended March 31, 2021, net sales increased 49.4 percent to $140.8 million, compared to first quarter 2020 net sales of $94.2 million. Pretax Income was $13.2 million compared to $4.6 million in the first quarter of 2020. Net income was $10.5 million or $0.66 per diluted share compared to $3.4 million, or $0.22 per diluted share for the first quarter of 2020.

Michael Benstock, Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We are very pleased to report another quarter of exceptional operating results. Our business continues to grow both organically and through strategic acquisitions, even without including the PPE sales related to the pandemic. PPE sales for the first quarter were approximately $26.8 million versus $1.5 million in the first quarter of 2020. We are continuing to book additional PPE sales, but at a significantly slowing rate. BAMKO delivered another remarkable quarter with net sales growth of almost 125%, or $32.7 million. PPE sales represented $14.2 million of this growth. The Office Gurus delivered a record quarter with net sales increasing 43.2% after intersegment eliminations in the first quarter as compared to the first quarter last year.

“While we are optimistic in our outlook, we, along with other companies, are navigating logistical headwinds that originated in shipping ports that are now cascading throughout the transportation and logistics ecosystem. As a result, we ended the quarter with sizable backlogs in both our Uniforms and our Promotional Product segments both with and without including the benefit of PPE.

“We remain enthusiastic and dedicated to continuing with our disciplined, long-term approach. It has and we believe will continue to yield sustainable organic growth in both our recurring customer base and with new customers across diverse end markets. We are relentless in our determination to excel, bring higher levels of service to our customers and to create greater shareholder value.”


Superior Group of Companies will hold a conference call on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss the Company’s results. Interested individuals may join the teleconference by dialing (844) 861-5505 for U.S. dialers and (412) 317-6586 for International dialers. The Canadian Toll Free number is (866) 605-3852. Please ask to be joined into the Superior Group of Companies call. The live webcast and archived replay can also be accessed in the investor information section of the Company’s website at

A telephone replay of the teleconference will be available one hour after the end of the call through 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on May 12, 2021. To access the replay, dial (877) 344-7529 in the United States or (412) 317-0088 from international locations. Canadian dialers can access the replay at (855) 669-9658. Please reference conference number 10153694 for all replay access.

Disclosure Regarding Forward Looking Statements

Certain matters discussed in this press release are “forward-looking statements” intended to qualify for the safe harbors from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can generally be identified by use of the words “may,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “believe,” “intend,” “project,” “potential,” or “plan” or the negative of these words or other variations on these words or comparable terminology. Forward-looking statements in this press release may include, without limitation: (1) the projected impact of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) on our, our customers’, and our suppliers’ businesses, (2) projections of revenue, income, and other items relating to our financial position and results of operations, (3) statements of our plans, objectives, strategies, goals and intentions, (4) statements regarding the capabilities, capacities, market position and expected development of our business operations, and (5) statements of expected industry and general economic trends. 

Such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that may materially adversely affect the anticipated results. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the following: the impact of competition; the effect of uncertainties related to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the United States. and global markets, our business, operations, customers, suppliers and employees, including without limitation the length and scope of the restrictions imposed by various governments and success of efforts to deliver a vaccine on a timely basis, among other factors; our ability to navigate successfully the challenges posed by current global supply disruptions; general economic conditions, including employment levels, in the areas of the United States in which the Company’s customers are located; changes in the healthcare, retail, hotels, food service, transportation and other industries where uniforms and service apparel are worn; our ability to identify suitable acquisition targets, successfully integrate any acquired businesses, successfully manage our expanding operations, or discover liabilities associated with such business during the diligence process; the price and availability of cotton and other manufacturing materials; attracting and retaining senior management and key personnel and other factors described in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including those described in the “Risk Factors” section of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020 and the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2021. Shareholders, potential investors and other readers are urged to consider these factors carefully in evaluating the forward-looking statements made herein and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements made herein are only made as of the date of this press release and we disclaim any obligation to publicly update such forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances, except as may be required by law.

About Superior Group of Companies, Inc. (SGC):

Superior Group of Companies formerly Superior Uniform Group, established in 1920, is a combination of companies that help our customers unlock the power of their brands by creating extraordinary brand engagement experiences for their employees and customers. We provide customized support for each of our divisions through our shared services model.

Fashion Seal Healthcare®, HPI® and WonderWink® are our core uniform brands. Each is one of America’s leading providers of uniforms and image apparel in the markets we serve. We specialize in innovative uniform program design, global manufacturing, and state-of-the-art distribution. Every workday, more than 7 million Americans go to work wearing a uniform from Superior Group of Companies.

BAMKO®, Tangerine Promotions®, Public Identity® and Gifts By Design are our signature promotional product companies. We provide unique custom branding, design, sourcing, and marketing solutions to some of the world’s most successful brands.

The Office Gurus® is a global provider of custom call and contact center support. As a true strategic partner, The Office Gurus implements customized solutions for our customers in order to accelerate their growth and improve our customers’ service experiences.

SGC’s commitment to service, technology, quality and value-added benefits, as well as our financial strength and resources, provides unparalleled support for our customers’ diverse needs while embracing a “Customer 1st, Every Time!” philosophy and culture in all of our business segments.

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Comparative figures are as follows:

  Three Months Ended March 31,
    2021     2020
Net sales $ 140,847   $ 94,245
Costs and expenses:          
Cost of goods sold   91,804     60,794
Selling and administrative expenses   35,111     27,489
Other periodic pension costs   429     285
Interest expense   275     1,060
    127,619     89,628
Income before taxes on income   13,228     4,617
Income tax expense   2,750     1,250
Net income $ 10,478   $ 3,367
Net income per share:          
Basic $ 0.69   $ 0.22
Diluted $ 0.66   $ 0.22
Weighted average shares outstanding during the period:          
Basic   15,221,336     15,024,851
Diluted   15,991,474     15,200,898
Cash dividends per common share $ 0.10   $ 0.10

(In thousands, except share and par value data)
  March 31,   December 31,
    2021       2020  
Current assets:              
Cash and cash equivalents $ 10,911     $ 5,172  
Accounts receivable, less allowance for doubtful accounts of $7,478 and $7,667, respectively   103,066       101,902  
Accounts receivable – other   2,405       1,356  
Inventories   87,774       89,766  
Contract assets   40,662       39,231  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   11,508       11,030  
Total current assets   256,326       248,457  
Property, plant and equipment, net   42,077       36,644  
Operating lease right-of-use assets   5,042       3,826  
Deferred tax asset   810        
Intangible assets, net   63,659       58,746  
Goodwill   36,197       36,116  
Other assets   10,912       10,135  
Total assets $ 415,023     $ 393,924  
Current liabilities:              
Accounts payable $ 35,429     $ 39,327  
Other current liabilities   34,519       44,670  
Current portion of long-term debt   15,286       15,286  
Current portion of acquisition-related contingent liabilities   5,791       5,589  
Total current liabilities   91,025       104,872  
Long-term debt   94,920       72,372  
Long-term pension liability   14,423       14,574  
Long-term acquisition-related contingent liabilities   2,879       1,892  
Long-term operating lease liabilities   2,273       1,599  
Deferred tax liability         450  
Other long-term liabilities   8,120       6,535  
Commitments and contingencies              
Shareholders’ equity:              
Preferred stock, $.001 par value – authorized 300,000 shares (none issued)          
Common stock, $.001 par value – authorized 50,000,000 shares, issued and outstanding 15,582,835 and 15,391,660 shares, respectively.   15       15  
Additional paid-in capital   62,773       61,844  
Retained earnings   150,734       141,972  
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax:              
Pensions   (10,184 )     (10,898 )
Cash flow hedges   64       69  
Foreign currency translation adjustment   (2,019 )     (1,372 )
Total shareholders’ equity   201,383       191,630  
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $ 415,023     $ 393,924  

(In thousands)
  Three Months Ended March 31,
    2021       2020  
Net income $ 10,478     $ 3,367  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:              
Depreciation and amortization   2,217       1,869  
Provision for bad debts – accounts receivable   359       865  
Share-based compensation expense   832       399  
Deferred income tax benefit   (1,145 )     (784 )
Change in fair value of acquisition-related contingent liabilities   1,199       175  
Changes in assets and liabilities, net of acquisition of business:              
Accounts receivable   (1,731 )     4,940  
Accounts receivable – other   (798 )     425  
Contract assets   (1,447 )     299  
Inventories   1,881       (831 )
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   (331 )     2,327  
Other assets   (771 )     1,410  
Accounts payable and other current liabilities   (15,057 )     4,656  
Long-term pension liability   446       294  
Other long-term liabilities   1,613       134  
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities   (2,255 )     19,545  
Additions to property, plant and equipment   (6,736 )     (2,073 )
Acquisition of business   (6,000 )      
Net cash used in investing activities   (12,736 )     (2,073 )
Proceeds from borrowings of debt   72,359       34,488  
Repayment of debt   (49,835 )     (52,672 )
Payment of cash dividends   (1,548 )     (1,521 )
Proceeds received on exercise of stock options   130        
Tax withholdings on exercise of performance based stock   (372 )      
Tax (provision) benefit from vesting of acquisition-related restricted stock   171       (13 )
Common stock reacquired and retired         (500 )
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities   20,905       (20,218 )
Effect of currency exchange rates on cash   (175 )     (519 )
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents   5,739       (3,265 )
Cash and cash equivalents balance, beginning of period   5,172       9,038  
Cash and cash equivalents balance, end of period $ 10,911     $ 5,773  

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